Mrunal Manmay Dash

A woman was killed after an elephant trampled her to death at Ushumundi village under Sundargarh’s Koida Forest Range on Friday night. The deceased has been identified as Ituwari Bhadra.

As per reports, the woman was sleeping in her home when the wild tusker came to her house in search of paddy grains. Smelling danger, Bhadra ran out of her house, but the elephant chased her and reportedly trampled her to death.

After being informed, a Forest department team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem.

The villagers are demanding adequate compensation for the family of the deceased.

Recently, a 72-year-old elderly man was trampled to death by a rampaging wild elephant at Khaerpada village under Sambalpur Sadar Forest Range on February 11.

As per reports, the deceased was reportedly sleeping in his house at night when the elephant broke down the wall and trampled him to death. He died on the spot.

In the same month, a herd of 12 elephants including two tuskers had unleashed a reign of terror in Dharakote, Shergarh, and Sadangipalli areas under the Aska range of South Ghumusar forest division in Ganjam district.

The wild animals had reportedly pulled down some villagers’ houses and devoured the harvested paddy. It was also reported from Sadangipalli village that the herd attacked a cyclist, leaving him seriously injured.