Tuskers kill four people in 2 days at Nayabasat, Goaltore
Four people were killed in two days after elephants attacked Nayabasat and Goaltore areas in West Midnapore.
Officials from the state forest department suspect that the rampage was carried out by domestic elephants. One of the victims was killed on the spot.
The elephants left when the villagers came out with torches. They damaged crops and some huts.
On Monday morning, an elephant attacked a villager when he was busy working on his farm land.
The elephant trampled the villager, who tried to drive it away.
Similar incident took place on Sunday in which two villagers were killed when they were attacked by another elephant. The rampage is mainly taking place at Amlasuli, Nayabasat, Goaltore and Shalboni areas.
The forest department officials feel that a domestic elephant is carrying out the rampage.
There are eight domestic elephants in the area.
A team comprising of senior officials of the forest department headed by Subrata Pal Chowdhury, technical advisor (wildlife) of the forest department, went to West Midnapore from the city on Monday.
The officials examined footprints of elephants and collected samples for further test.
The samples were collected from different places of the area.
The officials are first trying to ascertain whether only one elephant is carrying out the rampage or a herd is entering the villages.
Necessary steps will be taken once the reason behind such rampage gets ascertained and in the meantime needful precautions for the safety of villagers have been taken, an official said.
Villagers on Monday staged a demonstration on Roshkunda-Chandrakona Road demanding immediate action against such attacks.
The agitation was withdrawn after senior officials of forest department assured that all necessary steps have been taken for their safety. Compensations will also be given to the family members of the deceased.