Tusker tramples 50-year-old man to death in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: A 50-year-old
man was trampled to death in a tusker attack at Bagicha block of tribal Jashpur
district on Wednesday night.
The incident took place
when Khaud Ram was walking back home with his wife and another relative at
night. Suddenly Khaud's wife felt the presence of an elephant around and they
spotted the tusker just behind them.
While the two women ran
for life, the elephant picked Khaud up with its trunk and threw him on the
ground and trampling him. Later in the morning, forest department recovered his
mutilated body from the spot.
Officials said nearly
half a dozen deaths have taken place in last three months in the district due
to tusker attacks. Bagicha, Kunkuri and Farsabahar are the blocks majorly
affected with movement and attacks of tusker.
department has been trying to spread awareness for safety and prevention of
human-animal conflict, locals mainly depend on forest produce for their
livelihood, compelling them to venture into forests.
Frequent attacks on
crops, houses and lives have caused aggression among locals who have now
threatened massive protests across the district against state government. In
the past also, local villagers had cordoned off the area to block traffic and
protested in front of forest ranger's residence.
With more than 500
houses damaged by elephants, nearly 200 villages in Jashpur district are badly
affected and people are forced to sleep on trees or take shelter on rooftops of
The district has nearly
150 elephants on the move throughout the year. Forest officials said that hulla
party, chilli burning, drum beating, bursting crackers are all temporary
solutions and there's no other alternative.
A senior officer said
that few mobile vans have been deployed for immediate assistance in case of
attack or emergency. He said that this year the region is even more affected
because elephant calves frequent into human habitat, causing major damage.
0758701511, 075870158800 have been circulated for people's assistance, but the
remote and interior areas hardly have mobile networks which becomes another
hurdle for villagers to seek help.