Elephants frequently rampage an Andhra village for ‘revenge’

November 14th, 2007 - 2:29 am ICT by admin  
Frightened villagers of Donubai village say that elephants are attacking the village since the death of a fellow elephant at Darsi.

Since then the herd of elephant is refusing to leave the area and goes on a periodical rampage, thereby destroying standing crops and several houses.

In a latest incidence, two persons -K Appa Rao (40) and S Mariamma (45)- were trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants.

People in this village are in a state of shock, as they can’t more around freely.

“My father went to the hospital, while he was returning he was attacked by a herd of wild elephants. They first killed a woman named Mariamma and later they killed my father,” said K. Das, whose father was a victim of the rampaging pachyderms.

Complaining about the current state of affairs was another local named G. Mallesh.

“We are helpless and the elephants are destroying our fields and killing us. We do not have anything in our hand. We have approached the government authorities and let’s see what they do,” he said.

Incidents of man-animal conflict are common with the depletion of forest areas, and cases of animals straying into areas inhabited by humans for food are common. But here in Donubai village, the residents are facing the elephant menace for altogether different reason -the ‘revengeful’ elephants. (ANI)

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