Tusker tramples man to death

Rogue elephant damage standing crops

With this the total number of people being killed by this rogue elephant has gone up to two.

According to farmers, the rogue elephant has been camping in the taluk for the last four months. It raids agriculture fields during night and damage the standing crops. The farmers have stopped going to fields during nights fearing attack of the rogue elephant.

The deceased has been identified as Jayanna. The incident has occurred during early hours of Sunday. This elephant had killed an agriculture labourer at Bucchanakoppal village in Banavara hobli, recently.

The local people said the tusker which was seen at a tank in Chikkondihalli, has raided the fields via DRG Koppal shortly after midnight. Jayanna had recently installed the IP set by sinking a borewell in the field. He had built a small hut in the field and was sleeping daily fearing stealing the cable by thieves.

On Sunday, the tusker came near his hut and brushing its body against the thatched hut. Jayanna’s wife, Shivamma got up and switched on the torch only to see the big built elephant just in front of her hut.

She woke her husband and informed him. Shivamma requested him not to go out of the hut. However, he asked her to sleep and took the dried coconut branch and set fire to it. Then he came out of the hut and tried to scare the jumbo.

Seeing the fire, the tusker became angry, picked him with its trunk and threw him to the ground. Efforts made by him to escape from the clutches of the jumbo failed. Ultimately, he was tramped to death.

In the morning, she went to Rampura village and informed the villages about the incident. Soon hundreds of villagers came to the spot to see the body of Jayanna in the field.

On receipt of information, MLA and officials from forest department also reached the spot. Criticising the government’s failure to check the menace of wild elephants, the villagers staged a demonstration in front of the body. MLA Shivalingegowda consoled the villagers and promised to bring this to the notice of forest department as well as the State government.

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