3 die in elephant attacks

Rourkela: Three people, including a couple, were trampled to death by wild elephants in separate incidents in Odisha's Sundargarh district, official sources said here on Sunday.

A couple, identified as William and Phulmani Ekka, was killed by a rogue elephant in Jharmunda village under Ujjwalpur forest range last night, they said.

The male elephant which killed the two had also crushed to death another person of the same village on December 25.

After getting separated from a herd of about 15 jumbos, the elephant was roaming the area causing damage to life and property in the vicinity, they said.

In the second incident, one Ramprakash Rout of Sanparsara village near Kacharu was trampled to death by another herd of pachyderms last night, sources said.

A few days back, two persons narrowly escaped as they came face-to-face witha wild elephant near Kacharu jungle, when the animal damaged their bike.

A total of nine persons including a forest personnel have been killed due to jumbo attacks this year.