Wild elephant tramples tribal man to death at Aralam farm

Deceased Vasu

Iritty: A 37-year-old tribal man was trampled to death by a wild elephant at Kannur’s Aralam on Tuesday night. The deceased was identified as Vasu, a resident of 9th block of Aralam farm rehabilitation site.

The region has been witnessing human-wildlife conflicts for long and the latest development is a continuation of it. This is the second death after a gap of just two months. During the last 10 years, 15 individuals have lost their lives in elephant attacks. However, the issue remains unresolved despite residents’ demand for proactive interventions from departments concerned.

Vasu was killed by the jumbo while he was returning from a house at neighbourhood. Reports said it took hours to identify the deceased as the elephant stamped the victim on his face.

The incident came to light after hearing the trumpeting sound of the elephant. A woman at neighbour intimated the matter to Rapid Response Team of forest department and they found the injured man.

Though he was rushed to Peravoor taluk hospital, he succumbed to injuries.

The deceased is son of Sarojini-Govindan couple. Shoba is his wife and they have four children Vinila, Vineesh, Vineeth and Vineeetha.

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