Elephant kills forest worker near Durgapur

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Herd of elephant crossing the Bankura-Durgapur road

A forest worker was killed yesterday by a tusker in a Raniganj village near Durgapur. In another separate incident one elephant died after being electrocuted in Bankura forest adjacent to Durgapur on April 23 midninght.

A herd of 11 elephants had intruded into the Andal and Raniganj stretch in Burdwan from the Bankura forest areas after crossing the Damodar River yesterday. The forest officials were keeping track on the movement of the herd.

Yesterday (April 24) while supervising the elephant herd one temporary forest guard Narayan Khan (44) suddenly was attacked by a tusker in the outskirt of Bakhtiarnagar locality near Raniganj and was crushed to death at around 5 p.m. The tusker then took shelter in the nearby jungle. The incident created a sense of panic among local residents who were seen to leave their houses in a hurry.

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Herd of elephant crossing the Bankura-Durgapur road

Forest officials say that they are trying to drive away the tusker. However not much progress has been in this regard.

Meanwhile in another incident, an elephant of the herd died in neighbouring Telenda village under Mejia Police Station area in Bankura last night.

The forest officials said that the elephant had by chance come into the contact of one 11 KVA High Tension cable and was charred to death at around 1 a.m.

However this is not any lone incident in the Bankura-Raniganj forest corridor adjacent to Durgapur. Last month only, in two separate incidents two persons were killed by elephants in Bankura.

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