Baripada: A 65-year-old man was trampled to death by a herd of elephants at Bhagabandha village in Mayurbhanj district in the early hours today.

The victim was identified as Ropa Geria, who attempted to chase away the herd of elephants when it was damaging his paddy field.

The herd which strayed from nearby Jharkhand have caused panic in the locality as the jumbos are on the rampage damaging the paddy crops waiting for harvest since two weeks, a police official said.

The attempt to chase them away by the forest personnel has failed, he added.