Elephant tramples forest guard to death in Bengal

A forest guard was trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants in Ongda forest reserve in West Bengal's Bankura district on Thursday.

Bankura: A forest guard was trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants in Ongda forest reserve in West Bengal's Bankura district on Thursday.

Bankura DFO Ayan Ghosh said Sujit Manna (35) was trampled to death while on duty by a group of wild elephants.

His body was later recovered by forest personnel.

Yesterday, a villager was trampled to death by an elephant in the same district when he was returning home after attending 'Gajan' festivities.

50-year-old Swapan Bauri was cycling back home at Baguli village after attending 'Gajan' or 'Charak Puja' festivities in Kandashole village when he was chased by two male elephants.

One of the pachyderms lifted him by his trunk and then trampled him to death at Kadashole, Borjora Forest Ranger Mohan Chandra Shit said today.

The villagers sat on a protest today demanding adequate compensation to the victim's family following which the forest ranger was asked to be present at a meeting between the residents and police at the local police station, he said.

The ranger said as per official norms, Rs 1.25 lakh was paid as compensation to Bauri's family and another Rs 1.25 lakh would be paid to them after post-mortem.

Man-elephant conflict is a problem in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapur districts of the state as elephant herds from Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary of neighbouring Jharkhand migrate to the areas resulting in degradation of crops and property as well as injury and loss of human lives.