- A man was crushed to death by an elephant in Odisha's Sundargarh
- He was identified as Ashok Bharti, 54, a resident of Cuttack
- Mr Bharti's family will be provided compensation, said a forest official
According to a forest official, the man was crushed to death in Mandiakudar area of Rourkela in the district. He was identified as Ashok Bharti, 54, a resident of Cuttack but working with a private company in Sundargarh.
"We were trying to drive away the tusker with the help of local people. But suddenly a person present there among locals, went nearer to the tusker and tried to take a photograph of the elephant on his mobile phone. He was also trying to take a selfie with the elephant when it turned on him," said the official.
"As per the provisions, we will provide compensation to the family o f the deceased," said Assistant Conservator of Forest, Rourkela, JK Mohanty.