Farmer injured in elephant attack (Shimoga District, India)


The Hindu

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A farmer was injured after an elephant attacked him on the fringes of the forest near Agumbe village on wee hours of Thursday. 

Lakshman Naik, 55, a resident of Agasarakone village, is the farmer. The incident took place when he was heading towards his agricultural land. Mr. Naik fell into a gorge in the forest when the elephant pushed him with its trunk. 
Forest officials have admitted him to the Government Hospital in Tirthahalli. He has sustained injuries on his leg and abdomen.

The doctors said that Mr. Naik’s health condition is stable.

It is said that the same tusker, which trampled to death a farmer in Malandur village near Agumbe in April 2014, attacked Mr. Naik.

Mohammed Shafi, Range Forest Officer, told The Hindu that following the incident the forest near Agumbe was combed by the personnel of the department, but the elephant remained elusive.

The department will take due steps to avoid the movement of the elephant near human habitats. The farmers in the vicinity are directed not to venture to their agriculture land in the dark, he said.