Tusker crushes man in West Bengal
May 20, 2007 - 3:50:51 PM

Kolkata, May 20 - A wild tusker trampled a person to death after being chased by villagers in Bankura district of West Bengal.

The elephant crushed Shibdas Dey, 55, Saturday.

Raju Das, divisional forest officer of Bankura -, said the wild animal perhaps got irritated after being chased by villagers.

The tusker came from Gangajalghati range and entered into Bankura town area. On its way, it destroyed a few cottages and also killed a cow.

'We didn't use any tranquillisers to tame the tusker as we have often seen elephants becoming furious after injecting medicine. We were prepared with our guns but we could not get any isolated place in the area to inject the drug,' Das said.

He said efforts were underway to send the tusker back to the jungle and that forest department officials were keeping a close watch on its movements.

'The family of the trampled victim will get proper compensation from the government,' he added.

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