Three persons were killed by an elephant in Itakhuli Basti of the Monabari Tea Estate in Sonitpur district of Assam on Sunday, official sources said.

It is the second such incident in the tea estate in the last two months.

The elephant was separated from a herd that came down from Arunachal Pradesh.

The animal brought down the tin-roof of a house and trampled to death its owner Rajkumar Bag and his neighbours Lakhinder Keot and his wife Bela Keot.

A similar incident took place in July last in the tea estate, claiming the lives of five people.

The same culprit?

If it was ascertained that the same elephant was involved in both the incidents, it would be declared a ‘rogue,' the sources said.