**Sambalpur**: Two minor boys from Sambalpur’s Jhutamunda village took matter into their hands and grilled forest officials of Badmal Range in Odisha’s Sambalpur on Sunday over their father’s death in an elephant attack.
One Tirupati Munda of the village was trampled to death by an elephant on July 21.
After days of silence, the young lads decided to finally take hold of the situation today morning when Badmal Ranger Ramesh Kar and some other officials were at the village for investigation purposes.
In front of the entire village, the two sons of the deceased started questioning the officials about their future and upbringing. They strongly put forward the question about who would look after them now that their father was not there to provide for the family.
They also vehemently stated their displeasure over the Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia provided for the family by the Forest Department. They specified that the amount is minimal to secure the family’s long future.
The boys also demanded swift action to control the elephant menace due to which man-animal conflicts has been on the rise in villages since the last few months.
The situation turned embarrassing as the officials were seated on chairs in the main area of the village and every one was watching as the boys wagged their fingers and grilled the authorities.
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