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A man had to part with his life while attempting selfie at handshaking distance near a wild elephant.

Rourkela:2/9/17: A man had to part with his life while attempting selfie at handshaking distance near a wild elephant.

A youth was gorged to death by a rampaging jumbo while the deceased was trying to take a selfie the mammal at handshaking distance.

Ashok Bharati, around 30, was trampled to death by an elephant, while the deceased was very nearer to it and was trying for a selfie, according to eyewitnesses. The incident took place nearer Mandiakudar village, closer to Kansbahal, nearly 25 kilometers away from here.

The marauding elephant is part of a herd. The herd is roaming under the Rajgangpur range for the last couple of weeks. There are over 10 elephants in the herd. Yesterday night this elephant was chased down by villagers and it lost its regular path. It came rushing towards Kansbahal and stayed near Mandiakudar village.

For the last couple of weeks it is roaming alone. As a single elephant it is both scared and angry, so it was in a very devastating mood. This morning it was in a very aggressive mood. “Besides, the presence of villagers and officials made him angry,” said a local. The forest officials tried to dissuade the villagers to not to disturb the elephant as it might cause damages. It was a very critical situation at the spot. The villagers tried to drive the beast away from the locality. This further enraged it and it started to chase the villagers.

 

ACF DilipSahu of Rajganpur range, said, “we were trying to disperse the villagers from the spot but no one listened.” He confirmed that this elephant was staying near the locality and was in a very foul mood as it was separated from its herd. “I am not sure whether it was separated from the herd or was driven away,” said Sahu. While another villager said, “no it was not allowed into the herd.” Sahu said, “we will drive him away this evening as it has made life miserable for many.” Meanwhile, S Dehury, ZillaparishaRajgangpur (b) said, “the careless officials should be punished as it claimed a life and the family of the deceased should be compensated.”

The doctors at RGH pronounced him brought dead. He was working in a private mechanical construction company here.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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