Wild elephant kills a man in Bhamragad.


Gadchiroli April 25 (District Correspondent) A wild elephant has killed a man in village Kiyar in Bhamragad taluka this afternoon thereby creating a sensation in the area. Gonglu Rama Telami (46) is the name of the deceased man.

According to reports, Gonglu was working in his field this afternoon when the wild elephant roaming in the forest attacked him and crushed him under his feet in which the man was instantly killed.

The elephant has returned to Bhamragad area from the adjoining Telangana after killing two persons and causing severe loss to the crops and houses there.

Two weeks ago, a wild elephant crossed the Pranahita river and entered Telangana. This elephant killed two farmers while rampaging in the border area. After that he had returned to Gadchiroli district. The elephant, after moving in the dense forest, shifted its march towards Kiyar forest from the night of April 24 last.

Deceased Gonglu Telami’s farm is adjoining the forest. As the man was working in his farm today at around 4 pm, the elephant picked him up with its trunk and hit on on the ground and then crushed him under its feet. His body was dismembered. After this incident, forest department officials rushed to the spot. Local people also gathered.

A herd of some elephants is roaming in the northern part of the district too in the area of ​​Porla, Ambeshivani in Gadchiroli taluka travelling from Wadsa division where they had created quite a havoc. These elephants, which are said to be 7 to 8 in numbers, have created great terror in the area.

When asked about the incident, Mr. Ramesh Kumar, conservator of forest told this correspondent that the lone tusker has come from Chhattisgarh some 20 days back and after roaming in Sironcha area has moving in Bhamragad area. This elephant is different from the herd of 23 elephants that has been moving between the Wadsa and Gadchiroli forest divisions now.

The teams of forest department are monitoring the movements of these elephants and the people have been told not to go near the tuskers, told Ramesh Kumar. A financial aid of Rs. 25 lakhs is given by the state government to the next of the kin of the man killed by the wild animals, he added.




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