One person was trampled to death by an elephant while three other occupants of the car managed to escape at Saat Mod near Rishikesh on Monday evening.
In another incident two days ago, a woman on her way to Uttarkashi from Rishikesh on a motorcycle with her husband was trampled to death by an elephant near Bhadrakali. With this the number of persons killed by pachyderms in and around Rishikesh over the past one year has reached 18, it was told.
Satyadev of Dehra Dun was returning with three others in his car from Rishikesh on Monday evening when an elephant attacked the vehicle. Satyadev was caught by the animal as he tried to escape from the car and trampled to death.
Expressing anger over the Forest Department’s failure to keep elephants away from the highway, residents of Rishikesh and Dehra Dun have threatened to hold an indefinite dharna if the Government fails to take immediate action against the foresters who seemed to have failed in their duty despite repeated killings by the elephants in the Rishikesh region.