Wild elephant tramples Adivasi man to death; body taken to hospital after miles of walk
Agali (Palakkad): A wild elephant trampled to death, an Adivasi man in the wee hours on Friday. The deceased was identified as Murugan (27), a native of Galasi Ooru (tribal colony) in Puthur panchayat. Due to the unavailability of transportation in the colony, the body was carried on shoulders for nearly five kilometres to reach hospital in Agali.
Murugan, Mathan and Krishnan confronted the elephant at Panthalakkadavu on their way to Galasi from Thudukki at 2 am on Friday. In the incident, Mathan sustained injuries while escaping. Though elephant attacked Krishnan who was walking in front, he escaped from it after leaving his bag and dhoti. However, Murugan who was behind Krishnan couldn’t save himself.
Though Murugan died in the early morning, lack of transportation facilities delayed the body reaching hospital. The body was carried on shoulders after wrapping it in clothes for five kilometres.
Body was carried till Kadukumanna and was taken to Anava in a jeep. Ambulance of health department further took the body to Agali.
It was late when post-mortem was completed. The body would be handed over to relatives on Saturday as there was no transportation to the colony and it is danger to carry a body through forest at night, said officials.
Agali police and foresters of Mukkali forest station inspected the area where incident took place.