In a first, wild elephant strays into Telangana, tramples farmer to death

The forest officials have cordoned off the entire area to make sure that elephant does not enter the village, they said.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 04, 2024 | 10:24 AMUpdatedApr 04, 2024 | 11:13 AM

The wild elephant

A 35-year-old farmer died after being attacked by a wild elephant in Kumaram Bheem Asifabad district of Telangana on Wednesday, 3 April, the forest department said.

The deceased person has been identified as Alluri Shankar.

The incident occurred on the outskirts of Burepalli village in Chinthalamanepally mandal of the district when the victim was working in an agricultural field, they said.

The forest staff promptly informed local police and revenue officials to form teams to address the situation. DFO Asifabad Niraj Tiberwal and Field Director KTR Shanta Ram are closely monitoring the situation along with local police and revenue officials.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) and Chief Wildlife Warden (CWLW) Pargaien has announced ₹10 lakh compensation for the deceased person’s family.

“For the first time a wild elephant entered Telangana from Maharashtra… there are no wild elephants in Telangana. It seems a herd of 70-75 elephants is moving along the other side of the Pranahita River in Maharashtra. One of the elephants, a tusker, strayed into Telangana by crossing Pranahita,” a senior forest department official told PTI.

“Our Maharashtra counterparts had informed us in advance about the movement (of elephants) and we have been monitoring. We had requested the villagers not to venture that side. In spite of our warning, one person had gone to the field where he was attacked by the elephant and died,” the official said.

The forest officials have cordoned off the entire area to make sure that elephant does not enter the village, he said.

“… if the elephant does not go back by tonight, then tomorrow we will have to drive it away,” the official added.

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