Berhampur, Dec 22 (LocalWire) A 56-year-old farmer was allegedly trampled to death by an elephant herd at Chintakhali road under Digapahandi forest range in Ganjam district on Saturday morning.
The deceased was identified as P. Juria Patra of Chudanagapur. His body was recovered by the police from the roadside of Chintakhala.
Deceased’s brother P. Rameswara Patra said Juria was going to the field when the elephant herd allegedly killed him.
Rameswara demanded for a compensation for the incident.
Tension prevailed in the area when forest official denied elephant killing Juria.
Family members, along with several villagers, staged a road blockade by keeping Juria’s body on the road and prevented officials from taking him away for autopsy.
Senior police officers rushed to the spot to convince the agitators.
“We told the villagers that only autopsy can reveal the actual cause of death. It was after that they allowed us to take the body away,” said Patapur police inspector-in-charge Ramesh Chandra Pradhan.
“The situation is now under control,” he said.
Forest officials, however, said the man was not killed in jumbo attack, as there is no movement of any elephant herd in that area.
“As per the report of Digapahandi forest ranger, the elephant herd was not in that particular area the previous night,” said Berhampur divisional forest officer AK Behera.
“However, we will conduct an inquiry into the matter,” he said.
A herd of eight elephant was reportedly roaming in and around the Changudidei hill area near Digaphnadi.