In what turns out to be a perennial problem in Odisha, two persons, including a forest employee, were killed in elephant attacks at two different places on Thursday morning.
According to information, an old woman was trampled to death by a tusker at Shalakham village under Athagarh forest range area while she was going to attend call of nature near to a village pond at around 4.30 am. The tusker came all of a sudden at pressed the woman’s head under its foot.
The woman was identified as Pramia Dei of Suniamunha village.
Following this, tension prevailed in the area as villagers blocked Puruna Cuttack-Sambalpur Road at Paikrapur keeping the body and burning tyre on the road.
They demanded adequate compensation for the deceased’s family and a permanent solution to the elephant menace in the Ahtagarh area.
Though they had been resorting to the blockade since 6 am, no forest or administrative officials reached them by 9 am, according to sources.
In another incident, an employee of the Forest Department, who was a member of elephant dispersal squad, was killing in another tusker attack in Angul district.
The deceased was identified as Arjuna Sahoo of Shalakhaman village under the Chhendipada area in the district.
A tusker came out of a herd of elephants and trampled Arjun to death while he along with other employees were trying to disperse the herd.