C''garh: Man trampled to death by wild elephants in Jashpur (India)
June 8, 2021
JASHPUR: A 21-year-old man was trampled to death by a herd of wild
elephants in Chhattisgarh’s Jashpur district, a forest official said on
However, the body of the deceased could not be retrieved from the forest,
as the herd stayed close to it, he said.
The incident took place in a forest near Jhikki village under Bagicha
forest range on Monday afternoon, when the victim Agesh Ram Vishwakarma, a
native of Fuldih village, had ventured into the jungle to collect wood, he
When the victim failed to return, villagers entered the forest to look for
him and found his body, he said.
Locals tried to retrieve the body, but after seeing a herd of elephants
nearby, they escaped to safety and informed the forest department, the
Forest personnel have been trying to chase away the herd, which has
continued to stay put at the spot, he said.
The deceased man’s kin have been provided an instant relief of Rs 25,000,
while the remaining compensation of Rs 5.75 lakh will be disbursed once the
necessary formalities are completed, he said.
"With this, at least 17 people have been killed in separate incidents of
elephant attacks in the district in the last one year," the official said.
Earlier on June 2, a woman was killed in a similar attack in Badalkhol
wildlife sanctuary of Jashpur, while another person was trampled to death
in the sanctuary area on March 29.
Several incidents of human-elephant conflict have been reported in the past
from the thick forested northern Chhattisgarh, comprising 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.