21 January 2019
Dhenkanal: In a shocking incident, a youth was killed after being attacked by an elephant in Saanda village of the district on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Chittaranjan Pani of Baiginia village under Parjang police limits.
The mishap took place at around 4 pm when Pani had gone to the backyard of his home. He was attacked by a tusker which ripped his body into two parts. Pani’s body was mutilated beyond recognition.
The incident sparked tension in the area which settled down after Mahavir Road Range Officer, Harmohan Nayak handed over a cheque of Rs 40,000 as compensation to the family of the deceased.
Man-animal conflict has been a long-standing problem in the region, said locals. In the past two months, five persons have been killed, one dozen injured and property to the tune of Rs 20 lakh destroyed in elephant attacks in the region, said sources.