Elephant tramples man to death as he gets too close filming its calf

Nearly 100 have been killed by elephants since Uttarakhand’s formation.

dehradun Updated: Feb 09, 2018 21:33 IST
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The victim had prior information about the herd’s movement. (HT PHOTO)

A wild elephant trampled to death a 27-year-old man when he went too close to its calf while filming the mammals on his mobile phone, officials said. The incident took place in Doiwala area under Dehradun forest division on the outskirts of the state capital Thursday.

As per the police reports, Vivek Kumar and his 21-year-old friend Pankaj Kumar, both from Aheermandi area of Dehradun, were moving on a bike in the Thano range of the forest division when they spotted the pachyderm and the calf. Vivek started filming the calf on his mobile and moved very close to it.

Probably fearing the security of its calf, the elephant caught Vivek in its trunk and threw him on the ground before trampling him to death. Pankaj, somehow, managed to flee and informed the police.

The body was handed over the district administration afre post mortem examination, Manjul Rawat, station in-charge at Jolly Grant police station, where the incident was reported, said. “The family of the deceased will be approaching district magistrate for the body today,” he added.

Police officials quoting Pankaj said that Vivek had information about herds of elephants crossing Thano range and wanted to see them.

In November last year, a Kerala man was injured by an elephant while copying a stunt performed in Bollywood movie Bahubali.

Such incidents have become a cause of concern for both the forest officials and the activists.

“The man died because of his carelessness. We keep sensitising people and have also placed signboards and other indicators informing that in certain areas movement of wild species is reported. We can only ask people to take precaution,” Rajiv Dhiman, divisional forest officer (DFO) Dehradun, said.

“If you go too close to a wild animal, it is bound to react. No matter how much awareness you spread, people will still make mistakes and get either killed or injured,” Dinesh Pandey, a Haridwar-based activist, said.

A forest official said that nearly 100 people have been killed by elephants Uttarakhand after the state carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000. The state reported 1,346 elephants in 2012, which increased to 1,839 in 2017, as per the Synchronisation Population Estimation.

Areas in Dehradun, Haridwar, Lansdowne, and Terai are most prone to elephant attacks.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 21:33 IST