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A farmer is trampled to death by a wild tusk in the Vizianagaram district of Andhra

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A 50-year-old man was trampled by a wild elephant in his own field in the Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh on Friday morning, police said.

The incident occurred in the village of Parasuramapuram of the Komarada block around 7.30 am, when the victim, Raghumandala Lakshmi Naidu, went to his fields to inspect the harvest.

“A group of five elephants had been moving into the area for the past few days, destroying banana plantations and other horticultural crops. One of them, who was supposed to be a pregnant female elephant, went crazy and ran towards Naidu, lifted him up with her trunk and hit him on the ground, before stomping on him, ”said Komarada Police Deputy Inspector V Gnana Prasad to the Hindustan Times.

Naidu was killed on the spot, while some other farmers ran for safety. The police, with the help of local forest officials, drove the elephant herd into the adjacent forest areas.

“We have transferred the body to the local hospital for an autopsy. A case was registered under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code for unnatural death, ”said the police officer.

This is the second incident in which a farmer has been killed by elephants in the same area in the last two weeks. On October 29, a 25-year-old farmer, Yerra Narayana, was also trampled to death in a similar way near Gumpa, below the Komarada block.

According to V Ramesh, the district information officer, pachyderm attacks have occurred very frequently in the villages of Srikakulam and the Vizianagaram district, on the border with Odisha. “A group of elephants from Odisha crossed the Nagavali River and entered these areas last year and since then they have been wreaking havoc in border villages by destroying standing crops and razing huts,” he said.

In 2019, there have been at least four cases of elephants attacking and killing people in the Vizanagaram district. “It was only on Thursday that senior forest department officials met to discuss strategies to curb the threat from elephants. Within hours, this latest murder took place, “Ramesh said.

There is a proposal to fence the area of ​​the forest where these elephants move, to prevent them from entering human dwellings, he added.

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