Odisha girl critically injured in elephant attack

Reported by Malay Ray
Rourkela, May 31:

A 19-year-old  girl was  critically injured in the latest case of elephant  attack in Sundargarh  district of Odisha on  Saturday  night.


She  was  sent to  Rourkela  Government Hospital (RGH) but doctors there referred her to Ispat General  Hospital (IGH) here where  she  is  now  receiving  treatment.

Sources  said Sasmita  Oram (19), a  resident of Musabira village under Banki forest range under Rourkela  Forest Division, resides with  her parents.  According  to  forest officials,  a  15-member elephant herd has been camping  at Musabira village  and its  nearby  area. At about 11 pm on Saturday night, the  elephant herd  reached  Musabira village and started breaking  branches of the trees.

Sasmita Oram, along with her family, was watching the activities of  the elephant  herd outside her  house when an elephant suddenly rushed  towards her and kicked her on her back, following which she fell to the ground and sustained serious injuries on her head.

After  attacking  her, the elephant went towards the  herd. The family members  of  Sasmita  Oram immediately informed the ranger of Banki forest  range. After getting  information, Banki forest ranger  Ramesh  Jena, along with other forest  officials, reached  the spot and sent  her to RGH on an 108 ambulance, but doctors at RGH referred  her  to  IGH where she  has been  admitted and  is now receiving treatment.

Forest  officials  gave  Rs.5000/- for her admission in hospital  and they  have also  assured  her  family members of necessary support till she recovers fully.

“We are now watching the movement of the elephant herd. The  health condition of the  girl is reported to be stable  now,” said  Ramesh  Jena, Ranger, Banki Forest  Range.

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