Elderly man killed in elephant attack; 6th such fatality in Mahasamund this
September 8, 2021
A 60-year-old man was trampled to death by a wild elephant in
Chhattisgarh''s Mahasamund district, officials said on Wednesday.
With this, six people have been killed in incidents of elephant attack so
far this year in the district, located around 50 km from the state capital
Raipur, they said.
In the latest incident, the jumbo attacked the victim, identified as
Narayan Sahu, on Tuesday evening near Bandora village when he was
travelling with another person on a motorcycle, divisional forest officer
Pankaj Rajput said.
The two persons, residents of nearby Achanakpur village, were heading home
from Jhalap town after some work when they came face-to-face with four
elephants, he said.
“Sahu, who was driving the two-wheeler, suddenly applied the brakes
following which the duo fell from the vehicle. While the pillion rider
managed to escape from the spot, one of the jumbos slammed Sahu on the
ground with its trunk. Sahu died on the spot," the official said.
The kin of the deceased have been provided an instant relief amount of Rs
25,000, while the remaining compensation of Rs 5.75 lakh will be given
after completing the necessary formalities, he said.
As per government records, 204 people were killed in elephant attacks,
while 45 tuskers died in the state in the last three years (2018, 2019 and
Several incidents of human-elephant conflict have been reported in the past
from the thick forested northern Chhattisgarh, consisting of Surguja,
Surajpur, Korba, Raigarh, Jashpur, Balrampur and Korea districts.
The region has witnessed several killings of villagers and widespread
damage to houses and crops by rogue elephants.