Woman, two animals injured in elephant attack in Tumakuru

A herd of elephants had entered the district on January 1.— File Photo

A herd of elephants had entered the district on January 1.— File Photo  

One person and two animals were injured in an elephant attack in Tumakuru taluk on Wednesday morning, and a man fleeing from an attack was injured.

The elephant first attacked a cow and buffalo at Mallappanahalli before it moved to Chennappanapalya and attacked Kalpana (38), who was working in the fields at around 6.30 a.m. Lokesh (35) of Samudranahalli was running away from a possible attack when he fell and injured himself.

Kalpana was admitted to the district government hospital in the city, and was said to be out of danger. She was later shifted to a private hospital in Bengaluru.

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

He said nine elephants had entered the district on January 1, and were driven out on Tuesday night by the Forest Department personnel, towards Savanadurga forests in Magadi taluk in Ramanagaram district, when one of them broke away from the herd. This elephant is in the Adagur plantation in Gubbi taluk, he said. However, village residents say they saw three elephants in the morning.

MLA Suresh Gowda has demanded that the State government immediately tranquilize the elephant before it attacks more people.

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