BANKURA/SURI: Three persons, two in Bankura district and one near Suri, were killed by elephants straying into villages on Sunday.

For the past few days, a herd of eight elephants have reportedly strayed into Patrasayar in Bankura and roaming around in the forests of Moirapukur, Dharimpur, Raikha and Muropara. The victims have been identified as Shaymsundar Bari (52) and Asit Bagdi (45). Bari had stepped out of his home at Patrasayar in the morning when an elephant came in his way and trampled him to death. This is the third death owing to elephant attacks in Patrasayar since Thursday, when another person was killed at Champadani.

Patrasayar forest officer Harendranath Bauri said, “We have started a campaign, urging villagers not to disturb the elephants if they stray in their villages.” A similar incident was reported from Bakreswar near Suri where Baburam Baskey (35) was hurled to death by a tusker while he was going to his workplace walking through Asansuli forest.

DFO Ajay Das said, “The man accidentally came in front of the tusker. It pounced on him and dashed him to the ground. The tusker is now in the nearby forest. Our team has gheraoed the forest and is trying to drive the tusker out.”

A few days back, a herd of eight elephants had sneaked into Patrasayar in Bankura. They are roaming around in the forests of Moirapukur, Dharimpur, Raikha and Muropara, often leading to man-animal conflicts

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Source: TOI-Kol