Rojalin Mishra

Angul: At least five persons including two girls and a woman were killed by a stray elephant in separate incidents in Talcher late night on Thursday.

Panic gripped Sandha village after an elephant trampled three persons of a family to death. One Kalia Saaar along with his two-year-old daughter Anita and his cousin Sarathi who also happens to be a minor were trampled by the jumbo while they were sleeping on their verandah in the village. The deceased were residents of Pallahara Govindpur area and had come to Talcher to work as daily labourers at a brick kiln.

Following the incident, another woman (35) in the neighbouring house was also killed by the pachyderm while she was sleeping in front of her house.

Later, the elephant also allegedly trampled Bramarabar Samal, an elderly man to death at nearby Santhapada village.

Informed, the forest officials reached the spot and provided Rs 40,000 as immediate assistance for the family of the deceased Kalia Saaar and assured to provide them ex-gratia of Rs 3, 60,000.

Efforts are on to drive away the wild elephant into deep jungle, informed a forest official.

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