Elephant tramples youngster to death on Bengaluru’s outskirts (India)


Rohith BR, Times of India

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Close on the heels of forest department capturing two wild elephants, which had found themselves in conflict situation with humans in the Bannerghatta and Tumakuru, yet another human casualty due to human-animal conflict has been reported in the region.

The department officials have come across a body of a youngster in his twenties at Gangenapura in Nelamangala taluk of Bengaluru Rural district, on Friday morning.

The victim has been identified as Guruprasad, a villager. Preliminary investigations say that the death might have happened on Thursdaynight.

Nelamangala range forest officer Nagaraj told TOI that they had cautioned villagers around Nelamangala and Magadi about the elephant capture operation that started on Monday.

“We had told them not to venture out of their houses, especially during night. Though we have captured two wild tuskers, there are other elephants from the herd, who have felt disturbed and angry because of the happenings around them. We got to know that the youngster, who has been trampled by the elephant, was sleeping at an agricultural field, located in the forest fringes, last night. Related investigations are on,” he added.