A 67-year-old man was reportedly trampled to death by a wild elephant in Sathyamangalam reserve forests on Wednesday. Official sources said that when Ramasamy Gounder of Thaneer Pandal and his friends were confronted by the animal shortly after dawn while they were traversing a pass, others managed to flee the spot.

Because of his age, Ramasamy was not agile enough to save himself, the police said quoting eye-witnesses. The Bangalapudur police have registered a case.

Last month, a villager was trampled to death by a wild elephant in Bargur forest area in the district. According to official sources, elephants straying from its herd in the forest areas were in the past known to have attacked humans even when not provoked.

In the wake of the death of Puttan and two others in Coimbatore and Nilgiris district due to attack by elephants last month, the State Government issued an order directing the Forest department to pay compensation of Rs. 3 lakh to the kin of each of the victim. 

District Forest Officer, Sathyamangalam, Rajkumar, said that out of the specified compensation, the family members of Ramasamy were given Rs. 25,000 within hours after the incident was reported to police station.

The remaining amount would be settled after relatives submit post-mortem report and fulfil other formalities.

To stay indoors

People in villages close to the forests were being instructed periodically to stay indoors in the morning and evening hours. Aged people were more vulnerable to elephant attacks, Mr. Rajkumar said. After conducting a post-mortem examination, the body of Ramasamy was handed over to his family, police sources added.

Ramasamy was not agile enough to save himself