Woman trampled to death by elephant in Choudwar

Cuttack: A woman was trampled to death by a wild elephant at Mahisalanda village in Choudwar of Cuttack district last evening.

Sources said the woman identified as Kalpana Swain had gone outside to attend nature’s call when the elephant attacked her. She died on the way to the SCB Medical College and Hospital here.

“A herd of elephants had strayed into the locality last evening. One of the pachyderms attacked her when she had gone to defecate in the nearby field. Forest officials rushed to spot and were taking her to SCB hospital. But she died on the way,” said nephew Soubhagya Ranjan Jena.

Locals said around 10-15 elephants have been camping in the area for the last couple of days and straying into human habitation in search of food.

Meanwhile, the incident has triggered panic among the residents in the locality.