Bhubaneswar: Human-elephant conflict in villages near the forests has killed five persons, including a woman and two minor girls, in Angul district yesterday.
Munda Singh (40), his 25-year-old sister and two minor daughters were trampled to death by a tusker in Sandha village within Talcher municipality. The elephant also killed 70-year-old Bhamarabar Samal of Santhapada village. The victims were sleeping on the verandas along with their houses.
The same tusker killed another man in Talcher on March 2.
Shortage of fodder in the forests is the main reason for elephants venturing into villages, said Wildlife Society of Odisha Secretary Biswajit Mohanty. He also blamed the lack of proper patrolling by forest guards for such deaths.
Though officials said an anti-depredation force was deployed in areas prone to elephant attacks, villagers denied seeing the force chase wild elephants back into the forest.