Bargarh: As many as four persons were trampled to death by wild tuskers in different areas of the State on Wednesday.
According to reports, three persons including an elderly man were killed by marauding jumbos while attending call of nature at Umarad village under Gaisilet Block in Bargarh district in the wee hours today.
The deceased have been identified as Mal Seth (50), Biranchi Kumbhar (60) and Natha Pali (70).
Tension gripped the area following the incident. The police and forest officials rushed to the spot after they were informed about the incident by villagers. Police have registered a case and launched further investigation.
In another similar incident, a farmer fell prey to a pachyderm at Darlipali village under Loisingha police station in Bolangir district. The deceased has been identified as Biranchi Sahu.
According to reports, Sahu went to the agriculture field in the morning. Noticing, a group of pachyderms reportedly attacked and trampled him to death.
Local villagers who are in a state of panic have demanded monetary compensation for the hapless family. However till the latest reports came in, forest personnel and police officials had not reached the place.
It may be noted that wild elephants frequently go on a rampage in the villages in these districts damaging crops and attacking villagers.
(Edited by Suryakant Jena)