Wild elephant tramples man to death

A person lost his life due to wild elephant attack near Tata estate at Kovarkolli in Somwarpet. The deceased has been identified as Thambukuttira Anni alias Thammaiah (40), a resident of Mukkodlu village.

The incident occurred on Thursday at 7 am, when Thammaiah and his friend  Ponnachettira Madappa were on their way to Somwarpet in the scooter. 

Thammaih and his friend were going to Somwarpet from Mukkodlu via Madapur route, carrying a weed remover to a coffee estate in Ganagooru village.

A wild elephant, emerged out of the blues, came in their way, near a turn at Kovarkolli. Madappa, who was riding the scooter, lost control over the vehicle and fell into the coffee estate having a narrow escape, while the pilion rider Thammaiah was trampled to death by the wild elephant, after he was thrown to the road from the scooter.

Zilla Panchayat President Shivappa, Taluk Panchayat President J B Somaiah, DFO Dhananjay, ACF Nagaraj, RFO Kariyappa, Circle Inspector Siddaiah visited the spot.

Rs 5 lakh compensation

Announcing a compensation of Rs five lakh to the family of the deceased, DFO Dhannanjay told that an amount of Rs 2.5 lakh will be handed over to the family immediately.

MP assures steps

MP H Vishwanath, speaking to Deccan Herald said all possible attempts will be made on the part of the Government towards finding a permanent solution to wild elephant menace in Kodagu district. He told that financial support will be sought from the Government towards the construction of a solar power fence around the regions seriously affected by wild elephant attacks. Also, directives will be given to the forest department to grow the plants in order provide fodder for the elephants, he added and assured of providing immediate compensation to the family of deceased as early as possible.

Emergency meet

MLA Appacchu Ranjan told that directions have been given to the forest department in the wake of increased wild elephant attacks in Belooru and Igooru Grama Panchayat limits. It has been instructed to give a check of Rs 2.5 lakh to the family of the deceased as an immediate compensation. Rest of the amount will be provided soon, he said.

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