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Elephant tramples woman to death

Special Correspondent

Mettupalayam: A wild elephant on Thursday evening trampled a woman to death near the forest depot on the Mettupalayam – Kotagiri Road.

According to Forest Department sources, Ayyammal (47), Palaniammal (50) and Kaliammal (45) ventured into an area along the reserve forest boundary in search of firewood.

An elephant that was hiding behind a bush emerged out of it suddenly. The trio ran for their life. However, the elephant got hold of Ayyammal with its trunk and trampled her to death. On getting information, forest officials reached the place but could not retrieve the body as the pachyderm was standing close to the body.

Later, the officials managed to chase away the elephant and the body was brought to Mettupalayam GH for post-mortem.

Two attacked by kumki

A Forest Department mahout Raman (42) and a 12-year-old tribal boy Shankar were attacked by Karthik, a kumki elephant (trained/tamed elephant of the Forest Department).

The incident took place early Thursday at Thammampathy, near Pollachi.

Following reports about wild elephant menace, the Aniamalai Tiger Reserve authorities deputed two kumkis, Nanjan and Karthik for combating the wild elephant menace. The mahout and the boy assisting him tied the elephant to a tree and were sleeping when Karthik turned ferocious and attacked them.

Officials said that the reason for the anger could have been ‘Masth' or arrival of wild elephants in vicinity.

The mahout sustained injuries on his head while the boy suffered an injury on his thigh, they said.

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