Elderly woman killed by tusker in Chhendipada forest range flares up
The New Indian Express
June 20, 2022
An elderly woman was trampled to death by an elephant near Khairabereni
village under Chhendipada forest range on Sunday. She was identified as
64-year-old Saila Dehury of Khairabereni. Ranger Pratap Roul said Dehury
and two other women had gone to the nearby forest to collect mangoes at
around 4 am. Inside the forest, they came across a herd of elephants.
Panicked, the three women started running but Dehury fell down and was
attacked by a tusker. She died instantly.
Roul said a team of forest personnel was following the herd. On being
informed about the incident, they rushed to the spot and found the woman
dead. As news of the woman’s death spread, tension flared up in the
village. Blaming the forest officials for the death, villagers said the
elephant herd has been causing havoc in the area for the last several days.
However, the Forest department is yet to drive away from the herd from the
area, they alleged.
Later, the ranger went to Khairabereni and held a discussion with the irate
villagers. “The herd has been moving in Chhendipada and Deogarh areas for
the last several months and destroying the property of the villagers. We
are making concerted efforts to drive the elephants away from the area,”
Roul said. The Forest department will provide compensation to Dehury’s
family as per the government guidelines, the Ranger added.