Tragedy struck in Chhattisgarh’s Koriya district, India, after a 25-year-old man and his minor daughter were killed when an elephant attacked their house, a forest official said on Sunday.
The incident took place on Saturday night in Belgaon village under Manendragarh forest range when a wild tusker entered the under-construction house of Gulab Singh Gond and trampled him and his 6-year-old daughter Shanu to death, said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Loknath Patel.
“Gond’s wife Sunita managed to escape. The elephants destroyed the under-construction house, and were finally driven away by neighbours and a forest team that arrived there. The pachyderms had come from Madhya Pradesh and have returned,” he said.
“The forest department had alerted villagers about the movement of a herd of 10 elephants through loudspeakers, but the family of the victims couldn’t get information as their house is located in the jungle,” Patel added.
The family of the victims were provided immediate aid of ₹ 25,000 each, while the remaining compensation will be disbursed on completion of necessary formalities, the official said.