Sanjeev Kumar Pradhan

Dhenkanal: Palpable tension prevailed at Lodhani village under Parjang police limits here after a woman was killed today in an elephant attack. The deceased has been identified as Nirupama Biswal.

As per sources, the incident occurred when Nirupama had gone for a walk early in the morning.

Soon after the incident, irate locals staged a road blockade at Bhalumunda chhak by burning tyres and demanded compensation for the kin of the deceased.

The locals further alleged that even after repeated pleas, no steps have been taken by the administration to lessen the elephant menace in the region.

On receiving information, Parjang police along with the forest officials reached the spot and pacified the agitating locals following which the road blockade was withdrawn.

Meanwhile, forest officials informed that the department has launched an operation to drive away the jumbo from the human habitation back to the forests.

In another similar incident last month, an elderly man was killed in an elephant attack at Palasahi under Mahabiroad range in the Parajang area. Sources said the pachyderms have been wreaking havoc in the nearby areas by destroying hundreds of acres of agricultural fields and damaging vast stretch of standing crops during the harvest season.