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Elephant attacks killed 82 in Chhattisgarh, says minister

A total of 82 people died in Chhattisgarh in elephant attacks in a span of three years, Chhattisgarh’s forest minister Vikram Usendi said in the state assembly on Thursday.

‘Altogether 82 people, including 29 women and 53 men were killed in elephant attacks in seven districts of the state between 1 January, 2010 and 31 December, 2012,’ Usendi informed the house in a written reply to a question raised by Congress legislator Mahant Ramsundar Das.

Out of the 82 deaths, 26 occurred in Koriya district followed by 25 in Raigarh district, he said.

About 16 deaths were reported in Sarguja, while casualities also reported in Korba (2), Koriya (2), Surajopur (3) and Balrampur (8), he said.

He added that that the state government disbursed a total compensation of about Rs 1.53 crore for the loss of human lives in elephant attacks.

Replying to a separate question raised by the state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel, minister Usendi admitted that 21 elephants were killed in Raigarh district alone between 2006 and 2011-12, either naturally or by accident.

Of the 21 deaths, eight died of electric shock, particularly in the Dharamjaigarh forest division of the district.

The thickly-forested northern region, comprising Surguja, Korba, Raigarh, Jashpur and Korea district, are notorious for human-elephant conflict incidents.
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