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Odisha youth tramped to death by elephant while taking selfie

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | ByDebabrata Mohanty
Sep 02, 2017 10:25 PM IST

Forest officials were trying to chase the elephant back to the herd when Ashok Bharti, who appeared to be drunk, came too close to the animal to take a selfie.

A youth in Odisha’s Rourkela was trampled to death by a wild elephant while trying to take a selfie with the animal on Saturday afternoon.

A file photo of an elephant inside Rajaji Tiger Reserve. In Odisha, the elephant had strayed out from a herd near Mandiakudar village of Kuanramunda forest range in Rourkela.
A file photo of an elephant inside Rajaji Tiger Reserve. In Odisha, the elephant had strayed out from a herd near Mandiakudar village of Kuanramunda forest range in Rourkela.

Ashok Bharti, who worked in private company was posing for a selfie with one of the elephants from a herd when the animal chased him for a few seconds before trampling him. The elephant had strayed out from a herd near Mandiakudar village of Kuanramunda forest range in Rourkela.

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Assistant conservator of forests, Philip Sahu, said forest officials were trying to chase the elephant back to the herd when Bharti came too close to the animal to take a selfie. He appeared to be drunk, he said.

A severely injured Bharti was taken to a hospital, but doctors declared him dead.

Since July this year, a herd of elephants that is raiding the villages near Rourkela, has killed at least 3 people including a woman and her son.

In June,a man in Dhenkanal district was seriously injured by a wild elephant while trying to take a selfie with the tusker.

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