Three-year-old boy trampled to death by jumbo

April 18th, 2009 - 7:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Erode (Tamil Nadu), April 18 (IANS) A three-year-old boy was trampled to death by an elephant when he was riding on a two-wheeler with his father in this Tamil Nadu district, the police said Saturday.
The father-son duo were on their vehicle Friday night when a wild jumbo attacked them in Pulinjur, near here.

“As the vehicle skidded, the child fell to the ground and was trampled. The father rushed his son to a hospital but in vain,” a forest official said.

S. Najith, 3, was declared dead on arrival by doctors.

His body was handed over after autopsy to his 39-year-old father N. Samiyullah Saturday.

This textile town, situated 350 km southwest of state capital Chennai, is close to a huge forest area home for wildlife.

Repeated encroachments into forest lands have led to more human-elephant conflicts.

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