Bhubaneswar, September 18 (LocalWire): In the latest instance of human-elephant conflict, an elderly man was trampled to death by a wild tusker in a forest-side village of Sundargarh district.
The tusker which got separated from the herd also damaged six houses in Deobhbanpr village under Ujwalpur forest range of the district.
While the man was gorged to death, the tusker party destroyed the houses where people had stored grains, before heading back to the forest area.
Forest office sources said that a service group of elephant trackers are camping in the village and are keeping a close watch on the elephant’s movement.
The village where the animal depredation was reported is close to elephants’ habitation corridor.
“The hungry animals stray into the agriculture field and orchards attracted by the crop and fruit-bearing trees, leading to frequent human-elephant conflict,” an official stated.
According to the forest department officials, the next kin of the bereaved family will be paid an ex-gratia financial aid of Rs 4 lakh, as per the rule prescribed for human death due to attack of protected animals.
Meanwhile, the authorities in Dhenkanal forest division have arrested a poacher identified as Ajay Naik on the charge of killing a male elephant.
The carcass of the tusker without the tusks was retrieved from forest areas of Sadar range on Monday.