Wild elephant tramples farmer to death in Coimbatore

Chennai, Sep 17 (IANS): R. Chinnaswamy (63), a farmer from the Valliyur village in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore district was trampled to death by a wild elephant on Friday, police said.

The tragic incident occurred at his agricultural field. The farmer, according to the locals, used to go to his agricultural field at night to stand vigil as wild animals destroyed his crops.

The police at Valliyur told IANS that he was lying down in the agricultural field on Thursday and was probably attacked by a wild elephant on Friday around 1.30 a.m.

The police said that the body of Chinnaswamy bore injuries on his chest and right leg.

The Tamil Nadu forest department officials received information on the attack and immediately reached the spot and took Chinnaswamy to the Thondamuthur government hospital. He was declared brought dead on arrival.

The body was later sent for post-mortem at the Coimbatore government medical college hospital. The forest department officials handed over an amount of Rs 50,000 as immediate assistance to the family of the victim.

Senior officials said that an amount of Rs 3.5 lakh would be handed over to the family of Chinnaswamny soon as compensation and assistance.

The conflict between man and animals has been taking place in and around the forest area of Coimbatore district and recently also a herd of wild elephants had destroyed crops being cultivated in areas adjoining the forest land.


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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Sep 17 2021

    Very sad.May be as wild elefants came he must have shooed them ,and elefant got wild and trampeld him .When elefants get wild nothing can sto them.Heartfelt sympathy to the family.I just wish to give a tip to people who are tired of elephants distroying cultivation.I read what African people do to stop elefants from destroying cultivation at night or so.They collect elefants dung ,dry and later simply make it powdered (With hands)mix lot of chilli powder ,make a heap and at night let it burn slowly.It gives out strong chilli and their dung a bad smell and they dont come near the cultivation.They dont tolearate it.runaway.Try it.Also have to put a fence too .

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