Elephant Menace: Two Killed, 1 Injured In Separate Mishaps In Odisha

**Angul/Dhenkanal:** Two elderly persons were killed and one injured after being attacked by wild tuskers in Angul and Dhenkanal districts of Odisha on Saturday.

Reportedly, a herd of wild elephants are on a damaging spree at Sharma Chowk area in Talcher of Angul district. They had entered the town last night and had destroyed properties amounting to lakhs of rupees including a boundary wall and a motorcycle.

Today at around 5 AM, an 80-year-old man identified as Kedarnath Prasad of Deulbera was walking on the road near Sharma Chowk when a tusker attacked him and trampled him to death.

People in the area are living is a state of fear as the herd is still moving in the town. Efforts are on by forest department officials to ward off the elephants.

Likewise, another old man was trampled to death by a wild tusker at Gudia Kateni Junction in Dhenkanal district. The deceased has been identified as Dayanidhi Sahu.

Reportedly, a herd of over 40 elephants are moving in the area since last few days. Sahu alongwith another person were on their way to a pond for bathing today morning when they were attacked by a wild elephant. The other person has been injured in the attack.

Irate locals have staged a road blockade on the spot demanding compensation for the family of the deceased and immediate action by forest department to ward off the elephants.