Rourkela, Nov 25 (LocalWire) A sixty-year-old woman was allegedly killed in an elephant attack in Odisha’s Sundargarh district Saturday evening, said police.
According to the police, the incident took place at Bargaon block area of Sundargarh, following which locals started agitating against inaction by forest officials to contain alleged rise in elephant menace.
A team of forest officials, along with police, reached the spot to take control of the situation.
According to police sources, a herd of about 22 elephants entered Chamunda village on Saturday evening.
“Around 6.30 pm, a 60-year-old Sula Kissan, on her way back home, came in front of a tusker, who crushed her to death on the spot,” said the source.
Meanwhile, forest officials said they are closely monitoring elephant movemenmts.
“A team of forest officials have been keeping a close eye on the movement of the elephant herd, which has been camping under Bargaon forest range, since last few days,” said Sundargarh DFO Arun Mishra.
“We have been alerting the locals not to go near the elephants, in a bid to avoid attacks by the animals,” Mishra said.
He said Kissan’s body has been sent for post-mortem examination.
“We are paying Rs. 20,000 to the family of the victim for meeting funeral expenditure, as an advance of compensation, against death in elephant attack,” Mishra said. “The remaining amount of Rs. 3.8 lakhs would be released to the family, after completion of formalities.”