Angul: In a tragic incident, an elephant crushed two persons to death at Pateli village under Angul block of Odisha, today.
According to reports, a tusker, which has been creating havoc in the area for the last few days, attacked a 42-year-old woman namely Jhili Majhi while she was present in front of her house, this morning.
The pachyderm trampled the woman, killing her on the spot.
Later, the animal attacked Shankar Biswal (62) of the locality when he had gone to a nearby canal. The victim also succumbed to his injuries on the spot.
Similarly, one Akshaya Nayak of nearby Saharaguda village sustained critical injuries in the elephant attack. He was admitted to the Angul District Headquarters Hospital for treatment.
Tension ran high in the region after the incident as irate locals blocked Angul-Bantala road by burning tyres. They demanded compensation for the family members of the deceased and proactive measures by the Forest Department to ward off the elephant.
The road blockade affected vehicular movement on the portion of the road. On being informed, police reached the spot and tried to pacify the locals.