Elephant kills 56-year-old man, injures 4 officials
A 56-year-old man was killed and four were injured when an elephant ran amok and damaged huts and plundered crops at Rajganj block in Jalpaiguri, a forest official said on Friday.
It may be mentioned that an elephant went on rampage just two days ago in Siliguri causing a huge damage in the area.
On Friday, an elephant from Baikunthapur forest entered the city and started damaging property including cars and motorbikes. The local people initially tried to bring the elephant under control and send it back into the forest. But they failed and informed the forest officers.
The elephant had, however, over turned the car of the forest officers resulting to serious injuries of four officers.
The full grown tusked first entered the Aambari area and damaged some houses and motorbikes. Local people started shouting when they found the elephant damaging property. The elephant ran towards the Canal Road. People later said that the elephant was found standing for around 10 to 15 minutes at Hatimore.
After around 15 minutes, it attacked a man identified as Naren Roy. The tusker trampled down Roy at Dharagunj. Roy was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.
After killing Roy, the tusker had entered a tea garden and damaged plantations. It ran amok at the tea garden and went ahead towards Amberi from where it entered Siliguri city, where it damaged valuables.
It also damaged some houses and shops. Ten villages including Sohadoipara and Magradingi were badly affected as the elephant went on a rampage. A team of the forest officers headed by the range officer of Bolakoba Range went to the spot and somehow tried to bring the situation under control.
A forest department official said that the Tista river is full and so the elephants couldn’t reach the forest which is across the river.
Hundreds of people gathered in the area to watch the elephant and it led to problems of the forest department officers in sending the animal back to the forest.