Erode: A man was trampled to death by an elephant inside the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) forest department officials said here today. They said he was part of a group of four men who ventured into the Pudukkadu forest area in STR yesterday morning in search of their buffaloes, which had entered the forest for grazing but did not return. The officials said movement of wild animals is high in the area.
While they were searching, the elephant emerged from behind a thicket and attacked. The four took to their heels, but one Thangaraj (24) slipped and was trampled to death by the pachyderm. The others escaped and informed forest department officials, who rushed to the spot and found the body of the man.