Jamshedpur: A 24-year-old youth was trampled to death by an elephant herd under Ichargarh police station area, Seraikela Kharsawan on Saturday morning.
The victim, Laxman Mahto had gone to nearby jungle to meet nature’s call when he came too close to the elephant herd.
A forest officer said that Mahto had gone too close to herd and was subsequently attacked and killed.
“We are investigating the incident. Mahto had gone to relive himself when he came very close to the herd, which resulted in his death,” he added.
Soon after the incident, local MLA Savita Mahto rushed to the spot and promised neccesary compensation to the victim’s family.
An official said that following instructions from his office the local range officers held meetings with the local villagers and gave them the guideline how to evade danger if the herds of elephants stray into the human habitat in their bid of searching food.
He pointed out that he was going to take corrective measures immediately so that the elephants may not destroy any more of the paddy crops by straying into the human habitats.
“As we cannot stop the elephants from migrating from one jungle to another, but can safeguard the villages from the tuskers’ attack on the villages as well as the paddy fields, we have set up separate teams for tuskers- driving wherever the chances of the menace is maximum,” said another forest official.
Meanwhile, people are in state of havoc due to such menace. Sometimes villagers migrate to safer places for a week or more to avoid the sudden night-time attacks of the wild elephant herds. ” The villagers have been asked to make red chilly cakes so as to ward off the elephants . We are also providing them crackers and burnt mobile so that they can drive away the pachyderms, ” he said.
Forest officials reveal that the elephants are straying into human habitat from different forest area including Seraikela, Kharsawan, Kuchai and Bagmundi forest in neighbouring Purulia district of Bengal. As many as 40 wild elephants in separate herds are anchored in forest patches close to the human habitats.