JAMSHEDPUR: An herd of four wild elephants critically injured a 26-year-old man and destroyed paddy crop in the Dhotiduba village of Ghatshila police station area early on Sunday.
The victim, Satyaranjan Das, along with six other villagers, was making a bid to chase away the herd but after reaching the neighboring Asma village, Satyaranjan came close to one of the elephants. Apparently enraged for being chased with sticks, the jumbo trampled Satyaranjan. He suffered serious injuries on his head and left leg.
Other members of the group came to his rescue and took him to the Ghatshila sub-divisional hospital from where he was referred to MGMMCH.
According to Shankar Tudu, the doctor who treated Satyaranjan at the sub-divisional hospital, the victim’s condition is critical.
The herd was moving towards neighboring Bengal through the dedicated corridor on the Dalma-Bansdih-Kandadubih route but seemed to have lost the path and descended on the foothills.
The herd had already destroyed paddy crop spanning across several acres of farmland by the time the villagers notice the animals.
According to the DFO, Dalhbhum, Abhishek Kumar, a trained rescue team of the department has been sent to the incident site to help the villagers and to inspect the corridor.
Notably, three villagers were killed in elephant related incidents in 2018 in the Ghatshila sub-division.
In May last year, two villagers identified as Geetalata Devi, 83, and Sudhir Mardi, 16, were trampled to death by elephants herd in Chakulia. In another incident in June 2018 one person, identified as Ram Chandra Pani, 67, was killed in Bansdih in Ghatshila police station area.