25 August 2019
Sundergarh: A wild tusker trampled one to death and left another two critical in the Sadar forest range of the district on late Saturday. The tusker also caused widespread damage to property in its path.
Late last night the elephant, originally from Jharkhand, entered Hutupani, Peruabhadi, Hamirpur, and Katingidihi villages.
As per reports, an elderly of Katingidihi village was sleeping on the verandah of his house when the tusker trampled him to death. The deceased has been identified as Shankar Tanti.
The tusker went on to damage the house of one Kumarmani Sahoo when he was asleep. Sahoo along with his wife Padmini and son tried to escape by running out of the house but in vain. Sahoo and his wife were grievously injured in the accident.
The couple was rushed to Sudergarh hospital for treatment. However, Sahoo was later sent to VIMSAR, Burla as his condition worsened.
The wild tusker also turned three houses into dust- one each in Hutupani village, Hamirpur and Katingidihi villages respectively. In addition, the elephant broke the walls of Katingidihi school and ate the rice kept for mid-day meal.
Forest officials had been keeping track of the elephant as soon as it entered Sadar Forest Range of Sundargarh. However they were unsuccessful in preventing any loss of life or property, informed a forest official.
Last known, the elephant had now moved on towards Dahinidihi village under Ujjwalpur forest range near Ib River.