In a horrific incident, A 54-year-old, Ashok Bharti, who had been trying to take a selfie with the elephant was crushed to death in Sundargarh, Odisha on Saturday.

According to a forest official, Mr Bharti a resident of the city of Cuttack was working with a private company in the Sundargarh district was trampled by the elephant as he tried take the selfie.

A forest official said the elephant was already agitated before the incident.

“We were trying to drive away the elephant 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.

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He was soon rescued by locals and forest officials and taken to the Rourkela government hospital, but was pronounced dead by doctors shortly after.

“As per the provisions, we will provide compensation to the family of the deceased,” told Assistant Conservator of Forest JK Mohanty.

India has the highest number of selfie-related deaths in the world, with Mumbai declaring no-selfie zones to combat the dangers of the photo craze. In January last year, an 18-year-old woman fell and drowned in the sea while taking a photo of herself at Mumbai’s Bandstand Fort, a popular tourist spot.


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