The victim, Ramcharan, came face-to-face with the tusker early this morning near his native Botli village when he had gone to pick mahua fruits in the Kartala forest range, he said.
The man tried to escape from the spot but the pachyderm chased him and smashed him to the ground with its trunk before trampling him to death, the official said.
Upon getting information about the incident, the villagers rushed Ramcharan to Kartala community health centre where he succumbed during treatment, he said.
The kin of the deceased have been given an instant relief amount of Rs 25,000, the official said adding that the remaining compensation will be disbursed soon after completion of the necessary formalities.
Several incidents of human-elephant conflict have been reported in the past from the thick forested northern Chhattisgarh, consisting of Surguja, Surajpur, Korba, Raigarh, Jashpur, Balrampur and Korea districts.
The region has witnessed several killings of tribals and widespread damage to houses and crops by rogue elephants.