Elephant kills West Bengal villager

December 17th, 2008 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Dec 17 (IANS) A berserk elephant Wednesday killed a villager and injured another person in West Bengal’s Purulia district.The incident took place when an elephant herd was passing through Barabazaar area of Purulia district.

“I’ve got reports that the elephant lifted and thrashed a villager at Barabazaar locality and also injured another person in that area,” Purulia police superintendent Rajesh Yadav told IANS.

He said: “We have sent a police team to the area and officials from the office of the District Forest Officer (DFO) are also there to assess the situation.”

According to forest department sources, a herd of at least 18 elephants came down from Dalma hills range in Purulia, located west of Kolkata, a few days ago and destroyed crops in the adjoining villages in the district.

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