Korba, Jan 29 (PTI) Two persons, including a minor, were trampled to death by wild elephants at separate places in Chhattisgarh’s Balrampur district, officials said today.

“While a 25-year-old man, identified as Kunwar Sai Urao, was killed in the elephant attack at Chargadh village panchayat on Friday night (Jan 27), 17-year-old Siddhiqui Akbar died in Gopalpur village last evening,” Division Forest Officer (Balrampur Division) B P Singh said.

Both spots fall under Rajpur forest range, he added.

For the past one week, a herd of wild elephants has been damaging houses and crops in Patrapara, Jokra and Amdari villages of Rajpur area.

On January 27 night, the same herd entered Chargadh village after which local residents, including Kunwar, went to drive away the pachyderms.

While others villagers returned home, Kunwar s mutilated body was found the next day (Saturday) morning in the area, the DFO said.

In the second incident, Akbar came under the attack while he was trying to drive away a herd of elephants by bursting crackers near his village Gopalpur. The boy was surrounded by the pachyderms, who killed him on the spot, Singh said.

The kin of both the deceased have been given financial assistance of Rs 25,000 each by the Forest Department, he said.

The thickly forested northern Chhattisgarh, comprising Surguja, Korba, Surajpur, Raigarh, Jashpur and Korea districts, has a history of human-elephant conflict.

The region has witnessed several killings of tribals and widespread damage to houses and crops by rogue elephants in the past few years.

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