Sanjeev Kumar Pradhan

Keonjhar: Jumbo scare gripped the residents of Kalamang village in Koida range of the district after an elderly man was trampled to death by a wild elephant today. The deceased has been identified as Damodar Nayak of the village.

As per reports, Nayak was returning home from the market in his bicycle when he was attacked by the elephant.

A few eyewitnesses claimed that the jumbo first threw Nayak off his bicycle and then trampled him. Following the mishap, Nayak was rushed to the Keonjhar District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) in a serious condition. Later, doctors at the hospital declared him dead.

It is pertinent to mention that several cases of man-animal conflict have come to the fore in the recent past.

Earlier in August, a minor boy was trampled by wild elephants in Sundergarh while several houses and crops were destroyed in Kalahandi district.

In another incident, a woman had died in an elephant attack at Mahisalanda village in Choudwar of Cuttack district.