Two injured in elephant attack

Two persons including a woman and two animals sustained injuries in an elephant attack in Tumakuru in the district on Wednesday morning.

The injured have been identified as Kalpana (38) of Chennappanapalya and Lokesh (35) of Samudranahalli in Tumakuru. Kalpana was working in the field on Wednesday around 6.30 a.m. when the elephant, which was separated from its herd, attacked her.

Kalpana has been admitted to the District government hospital in the city and said to be out of danger. She was then shifted to a private hospital in Bengaluru.

The elephant first attacked a cow and buffalo at Mallappanahalli in Tumakuru and then attacked the woman. Lokesh sustained injuries in his legs and hands while trying to flee on seeing the elephant at around 7.00 a.m.

Assistant Conservator of Forests, Nagendra B.S Rao told The Hindu, “the right shoulder of the woman has been injured and the cow has been seriously injured by the elephant.”

He said that a her of nine elephants which had entered the district on January 1, 2015, were driven towards Savanadurga forest on Tuesday night by the Forest department personnel in Magadi in Ramanagara district but one elephant escaped from the herd and returned.

Now the elephant is in the Adagur plantation in Gubbi taluk.

However, the villagers say that they had seen three elephants in the morning while the forest department personnel say that they have traced only one and will trace the other two if they have come to the district.

MLA, Suresh Gowda has demanded the State government to immediately catch and tranquilize the elephant before others are hurt.

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