A forty-five year old man was trampled to death by a wild tusker near Hosur on Saturday morning.
The incident took place when one of the elephants from a herd came out of a lake and started chasing people for about 300 metres. C. Venkatesh, who was unable to run, jumped into the lake and swam for safety.
As he reached the other end of the lake bund, he was lifted by Forest department employees and local people. On seeing another elephant chasing them, they left Venkatesh on the ground and ran for safety.
The tusker gored and trampled him to death and headed towards Podur Pallam in Sanamavu Reserve Forest. Venkatesh was declared dead at the Government Taluk Hospital in Hosur.
Angered over the incident, over 1,500 farmers resorted to road blockade on the National Highway, affecting traffic for over an hour.
Superintendent of Police P. Kannammal rushed to the spot along with police reinforcements and held talks with the people. When they refused to disperse, the police used mild force.
District Forest Officer A.K. Ulaganathan, told The Hindu that during the earlier elephant drive, three forest employees sustained injuries. The four elephants would be driven back into Denkanikottai Reserve Forest.
Meanwhile, a cheque for an amount of Rs. 25,000 was handed over to the wife of the deceased as immediate relief.