Wild elephant kills farmer, injures another

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Erode (TN), Jan 17 (PTI): A wild elephant trampled to death a farmer and injured another while they were guarding their tapioca crop in Kadambur Athiyur village in the district, forest officials said on Sunday.

The incident happened on Friday midnight.

Periyasamy (46) and Sadaiyappan (50) were standing guard when the animal entered their land, the officials said.

On seeing the elephant, the two burst fire-crackers to scare the animal away, but it attacked the men.

Both sustained injuries and Sadaiyappan managed to escape. The elephant trampled Periyasamy to death and left, they said.

On Saturday morning, the villagers conveyed the information to the forest officials, who visited the spot.

Sadaiyappan is undergoing treatment in the Government Hospital, Sathyamangalam, they said. PTI COR NVG NVG