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Tusker terror: One killed, one injured in separate attacks

Kolkata: A 60-year-old man was trampled to death by an elephant at Ratanpur area of Narayangarh in West Midnapore on Tuesday. In a separate incident, another victim was injured in the attack of an elephant at Belda in the same district.
Police said that the deceased, Bholanath Singh (60), a resident of Ratanpur area, was going inside the forest when a tusker suddenly appeared before him. The victim tried to flee but failed to do so. The wild tusker trampled him.
When some of his family members went searching for him, they found the victim lying in a pool of blood. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead.
According to a district forest official, a herd of elephants entered the Ratanpur forest area on Monday night. After being informed, the Forest department officials reached the spot to drive away the elephants.
The local villagers were also cautioned not to enter the forest. The district forest official said that some elephants were also roaming free at Belda area of the district. Another person, identified as Suren Singh, a resident of Podiachak area of Belda, received injuries in an elephant attack. He was taken to the Belda Village Primary Health Centre.
The Forest department has assured compensation to the family members of the deceased. They have started a search operation to drive the wild animals into the core forest.
Despite several initiatives taken by the Forest department, the incidents of elephants entering areas of human habitation continues unabated.
The state Forest department has already introduced a specially equipped vehicle, 'Airavat' in forest adjoining areas of the districts, to prevent the wild tuskers from entering into areas of human habitation.
'Airavat' is a big van equipped with tranquilisers, rifles, hooters, public address systems, four halogen lights and chains.

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