Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Dhenkanal, Jan 4:
Tension ran high in Rasasingh village in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district this morning after a villager was mauled by a herd of elephants.
Irate villagers blocked the National Highway No. 55, connecting Cuttack with Sambalpur, placing the body of the deceased, identified as Birabara Parida, on the road and demanding compensation for the family members of the deceased.
They also demanded a permanent solution to the elephant menace in the area, which they said had taken a heavy toll of life and property.
The angry villagers also damaged a jeep belonging to the Forest department. The blockade was still on at the time of filing this report.
Two elephant herds had engaged themselves in a fight on the banks of river Brahmani near Baulopur under Dhenkanal Sadar Forest range leading to the death of an elephant calf.
While retreating from the place of the duel, one of the herds attacked and killed Birabara, villagers said.
The villagers are angry at the failure of the administration to prevent such attacks, which have become frequent in the recent past. Another person belonging to the same area was killed in an elephant attack on December 28, they point out.