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4 injured as 2 tuskers go on rampage

HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  Banglore, June 08, 2011
First Published: 19:15 IST(8/6/2011) | Last Updated: 23:28 IST(8/6/2011)

One person was killed and four injured on Wednesday when two wild elephants went on a rampage in Mysore city, around 130 km from Bangalore.

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The elephants, believed to be mother and eight-year-old calf, got separated from their herd and entered Mysore, from a forest near T Narasipur, 25 km north of Mysore, officials said.

The calf attacked after people threw stones at it. It trampled Renuka Prasad (55), a security guard at a shopping complex. The elephants were caught after a six-hour long operation.

Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa has announced a compensation of R5 lakh to Prasad’s family and R1 lakh each to the injured.

India has 25,000-28,000 elephants, about 20% more than in 2006. With this increase, about 70% of elephant corridors —linking one forest range to another — have shrunk.  htc


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