Raipur, Sep 17 (PTI) Four persons were killed in elephant attacks in Korba, Mahasamund, Jashpur and Balod districts of Chhattisgarh, taking the count of such fatalities to 10 so far this month, a forest official said on Friday.
These attacks took place in the last 48 hours in districts where several incidents of human-elephant conflict have been reported in the recent past, they said.
A 40-year-old woman was trampled to death by a wild elephant when she was sleeping in her hut on the outskirts of Amjhar (Lamnidar) village in Katghora forest division of Korba in the early hours of Friday, said Dharmendra Chauhan, forest range officer of Pasan range.
On hearing the trumpeting sound of elephants, villagers ran out of their homes, but the victim, who was deaf, mute and mentally unstable, stayed inside, he said.
One of the pachyderms, destroyed the hut and trampled her to death, the official said, adding that forest personnel rushed to spot and sent the body for postmortem.
Similarly, a 48-year-old employee of the health department was trampled to death by a tusker, when he tried to take selfies with the animal in a forest near Kona village of Mahasamund district on Thursday evening, another official said.
Ajay Tiwari, a peon at sub-health centre in Khatti village, was returning home from work, when he stopped midway after finding out about the movement of elephants and entered the forest, he said.
Despite being warned by villagers, Tiwari went too close to the jumbo and tried to take selfies with the animal on his phone, but the tusker suddenly charged towards him and crushed him to death, he said.
With this, four persons have been killed by elephants in the district this month alone, the official said, adding that villagers have been cautioned not to venture into forest, especially after dusk.
In a similar incident in Jashpur district, Virendra Ekka (35) was attacked by an elephant on a forested route between Khari Bahar and Junwain villages when he was travelling on a bicycle late on Thursday evening, another official said.
"There were no reports of movement of elephants in that area and it seems the animal had entered Jashpur from neighbouring Odisha," divisional forest officer (Jashpur) Srikrishna Jadhav said.
Meanwhile, a 48-year-old man was killed by a pachyderm near Adjaal village under Dallirajhara forest range of Balod on Wednesday evening, officials said.
The victim Santosh Bhuarya had gone to see a herd of elephants near the village along with a few others. When the herd charged towards them, other villagers managed to escape, but a jumbo caught hold of Bhuarya with its trunk and slammed him on the ground, killing him on the spot, it was stated.
According to the forest department, elephants have also destroyed crops in some villages in Dalli Rajhara area.
The kin of the four deceased were provided an immediate aid of Rs 25,000 each, while the remaining compensation will be disbursed on completion of necessary formalities, officials said.
With this, 10 people have been killed in elephant attacks in the state so far this month, it was stated.
As per government records, 204 people were killed in elephant attacks, while 45 have jumbos died in the state in the last three years.
According to officials, movement of at least 307 elephants in 16 herds has been recently reported from different parts of the state, especially Surajpur, Raigarh, Mahasamund, Korba, Balrampur, Jashpur, Gariaband, Balod districts.