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Jumbo tramples one to death in Burdwan

An elderly farmer was trampled to death by an elephant at Kashpur on Monday morning, police said, adding the animal has been moving around and creating panic among the locals in the district.

The incident occurred when a herd of five elephants attacked two farmers working in the fields on Monday morning. While one person escaped, his brother Anil Bagdi (64) was trampled to death by one of the jumbos, a police officer said.

Forest guards are trying to drive away the elephant to the nearby forest, he said.

Meanwhile, one of the five elephants that killed four persons in Manteshwar police station area died when tranquiliser shots were fired at him on Sunday night, DFO Ajay Kumar Das said.

Senior officials said post mortem would be conducted to find the exact cause of death.  The officials did not rule out the possibility of the elephant being given overdose of tranquiliser. Experts said that generally 4 to 5 ml of tranquilizer is administered in case of a normal elephant. But the dose goes up if the elephant is excited.

Meanwhile, a person who got injured by the elephant at Bhatar died on Monday morning. A search is on to find out the other elephant which had also entered the village.

It may be recalled that the elephant had killed five prsons. Four persons were killed and two others injured when two elephants attacked them near Bhatar in Burdwan.  The incident created panic in the area as the two elephants had carried out massive destruction in the locality. After carrying out the ravages for over 48 hours the forest department officials had tranquilised one elephant. Seven tuskers entered Galsi area of Burdwan from a jungle in Bankura by crossing Damodar river. The forest department officials managed to drive five elephants away into the forest while the two carried out massive destructions in the Sako, Chandul area of Galsi. Early Sunday night the two elephants entered the Bhatar in Burdwan. Two villagers were killed at Nasigram village in Bhatar after being stampede by the wilder tuskers.

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