Wild elephant kills man

A wild elephant trampled a 48-year-old farmer identified as Venkatesh, on Sunday, at Kanaveshivapura forest road in Anekal.

The incident occurred when Venkatesh was passing through the road at night on his way home after working in his field. He went too close to the pachyderm when the scared elephant attacked him. On hearing his screams, other farmers in the vicinity rushed to the spot.

They contacted the forest officials and the patrolling staff rushed Venkatesh to St John’s Hospital for treatment where he was declared dead on arrival. The farmer, a resident of Malur taluk, Kolar, had an agricultural plot in Anekal. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Though the road cuts through the Bannerghatta National Park, right of way has been provided to people. Hence, his family will be given compensation.

As per the revised compensation norms, his family will be given Rs five lakh, said BNP Deputy Conservator of Forests, Sunil Panwar. This is the second death this month due to an elephant attack.

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