Baripada:8/5/18; The man-elephant confrontation has grabbed the spotlight yet again with the wild animals killing three persons in separate incidents in Dhenkanal and Nuapada districts.
Since past three weeks, the wild elephants have claimed a dozen of lives across the state.
Today’s incidents occurred in elephant at Dihadola forest area under Mahabir road forest range in Dhenkanal district and at the Karangabhatta village in Nuapada district.
Two priests of a mutt were trampled to death when they had ventured into a creek in the forest to bath.
The village where tragic death was reported is close to elephants’ habitation corridor. The animals stray into the village to devour the crop field, which leads to frequent outbreak of man-elephant conflict.
The next kin of the bereaved families are being covered Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia financial aid as per rule prescribed for human death due to attack protected animals, added the forest officials.
In another incident, an elephant killed a man in Karangabhatta village in Nuapada district. Details of the incident are awaited.