Two people have been killed by wild elephants in separate incidents in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh state, bringing the number of such attacks in the state over the past week to six, officials said.
The latest attacks took place late Sunday night in two villages in the Mahasamund forest district for several hours, they said.
In the first case, an elderly man named Raju Vishwakarma, a native of the city of Mahasamund, 50 km from the state capital of Raipur, was killed by an elephant near Gaurhead village while riding a motorcycle with two other people, said forestry chief (Mahasamund) Pankaj Rajput …
Suddenly colliding with an elephant on the road, the man driving the two-wheeled motorcycle lost control of it, after which Vishvakarma fell from the vehicle.
While the other two managed to escape the scene, the elephant grabbed Vishwakarma with its trunk and trampled him to death.
Later, a few kilometers from this place, the same elephant attacked another person, Parmeshwar (30 years old), and killed him in a field on the outskirts of the village of Jhalhamariya.
The relatives of the two victims received urgent assistance in the amount of 25,000 rupees each, and the rest of the compensation will be issued upon completion of the necessary formalities.
Since that incident, elephants have killed eight people in Mahasamund County this year.
Forestry officials have warned residents of more than a dozen villages in the area about the movement of elephants and warned them not to enter the forests after dusk.
On 7 September, a man was trampled to death by an elephant in the village of Bandora in Mahasamunda, and the next day a married couple and their son were killed in a similar attack in the Surgudj area.
Over the past three years (2018, 2019 and 2020), 204 people have died in the state as a result of attacks by elephants and 45 jumbo, according to government data.
Recently, several incidents involving conflicts between humans and elephants have occurred in several areas of the state.