08 November 2018
Angul: In what can be called an accurate description of irony, the jumbo named ‘Jashoda’ that was taken to Satkosia in order to expedite the tranquilization process of the alleged man-eater tigress ‘Sundari’, has today trampled a man to death thus raising new safety concerns.
The kumki (trained) elephant 'Jashoda' killed one Sudhir Pradhan of Matia Sahi village, inside Purunakote range office premises. The incident occurred when Pradhan was returning from a bath in the village pond. He had a branch of banana tree in his hand that enticed the elephant. Snatching the delectable food from Pradhan’s hand, Jashoda dashed him to the ground and the brutal blow caused his death on the spot, said sources.
Reportedly, ‘Jashoda’ has been restrained with a chain while forest officials reached the spot to look into the matter.
Soon, panic erupted amidst villagers and Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia was announced for kin of the deceased. Apart from that Rs 40,000 was also given to the family for immediate purposes, Angul DFO informed.
On November 2, the mammoth was taken from Chandaka to Satkosia in a truck along with four mahouts to control it in order to expedite the tranquilization process of ‘Sundari’. The special teams from Kanha and Pench tiger reserves mounted on Jashoda’s back to carry out the process following which ‘Sundari’ was successfully tranquilized on November 6.