Wild elephant kills two in Darjeeling hills

May 22nd, 2009 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Siliguri, May 22 (IANS) A wild elephant killed two people in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district Friday, a forest department official said.
Sobha Chetri, 60, and Pradip Kishan, 22 were killed by the animal in Garidhura area in Kurseong sub-division of the district early Friday.

“We’ve examined the foot marks of the elephant around both the accident spots. We came to the conclusion that it was the same elephant that killed both the locals. We’re now trying to find it and have increased patrolling in the entire forest area,” Kurseong divisional forest officer (DFO) Y.T. Adden said.

He said the elephant seems to have fled into the forest after the incidents.

“We have not been able to identify the animal so far but we have sent our teams to find out the elephant and take it under control using tranquilisers,” he said.

Meanwhile, the local residents of Garidhura staged protests, demanding compensation from the forest department. The agitators also tried to set a forest beat office on fire.

The situation was brought under control with the intervention of police.

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