Tusker kills two in Keonjhar (India)


Times of India

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KEONJHAR: Panic gripped tribal-dominated Banspal block of Keonjhar district after a tusker killed two persons at as many places on Saturday night.

The deceased are identified as Namita Dehury, 12, of Kamanga village and Gadai Munda, 32, of Amuni village.

The tusker killed Namita when she was returning home from her friend’s house. The jumbo then went to nearby Amuni village and killed Gadai, who sat near a bonfire.

The tusker also damaged five houses and crops in nearby villages. The pachyderm also destroyed utensils and other items. Forest official and police went to the places and seized the bodies.

In protest, villagers of Amuni blocked the village road for an hour and did not allow the body to be taken for postmortem. In Kamanga village, the villagers gheraoed the forest officials demanding compensation and security.

Later after getting assurance for compensation, the villagers of Amuni allowed the body to be taken for postmortem.

A dozen elephants are moving in the area for past few weeks and damaging houses and crops. The forest officials neither arranged security for the villagers nor provided compensation for the crop and house damage, said Duryodhan Mohanta, a villager.

Prasant Pattnayak, forest range officer of Bhuyan and Juang Pirha, said compensation will be paid according to government provision. Teams are patrolling the area and keeping a watch on movement of the elephants.