Villagers trampled to death by wild elephant

Dhenkanal: A villager was trampled to death by a wild elephant in Dhenkanal district on Sunday, official sources said here.

Hemant Boral (50), a farmer of Rasasingh under Dhenkanal Sadar forest range, was going somewhere in the early hours when he apparently came face to face with the jumbo and later villagers spotted him dead in the forest, forest ranger Bidhu Bhushan Patnaik said.

Forest department has given Rs 10,000 to the family of the deceased for his last rights and compensation would be paid as per provision, the sources added.