Puri: Three persons were killed while two others were injured in an elephant attack in Gopinathpur village under Nimapara and Pipili block in Puri district.
The deceased were identified as Jugal Kishore Bhat of Gopinathpur village, Makara Pilai of Chandradeipur village
The injured have been identified as Bhuban Prusty and Hadibandhu Nayak of Terahal village.
According to sources, the pachyderm strayed into the villages under Balanga police limits from the nearby forest probably in search of food. However, the three persons came across the animal following which the jumbo attacked them.
On being informed, forest officials reached the spot and launched an operation to curb the menace.