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Fatal elephant attack

Dhanbad, Aug. 20: The body of a 30-year-old man, who was trampled to death by elephants in the forest area of Ratanpur in Tundi, about 40km from the Dhanbad district headquarters, last night, was recovered this morning.

Residents of adjoining Bandobera village first spotted truck cleaner Baleshwar Tuddu lying dead in a field and informed forest officials.

Foresters, led by Tundi ranger Rajendra Ram, reached the area around 11am and handed over Rs 25,000 to Tuddu’s family.

The remaining compensation amount will be paid after the autopsy report arrives and the deceased’s family submits a succession list to the forest department.

The body has been sent to PMCH for post-mortem.

Tundi MLA and former land revenue minister Mathura Mahto also visited the village.

According to local residents, Tuddu was trampled to death by the same herd of 13 elephants that had earlier killed one Ghanshyam Yadav at Gamharia village, Giridih, five months ago. “That herd is here now. We had chased away the elephants towards Jamtara border two days ago, but the people there sent them back,” said ranger Ram.

District forest officer (DFO) Satish Chandra Rai said, “The incident took place despite our best efforts to avoid human-animal confrontation.”

Rai added that they had deployed 25 men in Tundi to prevent the entry of jumbos in villages. An additional force of 25 men — 15 from Bankura and 10 from Dumka — will be deployed by today evening to chase away the elephants from human settlements.

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