In a reported incident, a man was trampled to death by a wild elephant near Tata Estate on Koverkolli main road in Somwarpet taluk yesterday morning.

The deceased has been identified as Thambukuthira Anni alias Thammaiah (40) of Mukkodlu village in the taluk.

Thammaiah was on his way to Somwarpet from Mukkodlu, riding pillion on a Kinetic Honda along with his friend Ponnachettira Madappa at about 7 am when a wild elephant suddenly surfaced.

Madappa, who was riding the scooter, got scared upon seeing the elephant at the curved stretch of the road near Koverkolli, following which he lost control over the vehicle but somehow managed to escape by running into an Estate alongside. But the unfortunate Thammaiah, who fell on the road, was trampled to death by the tusker, it is learnt.

On learning about the incident, DFO Dhananjaya, ACF Nagaraj, RFO Cariappa, ZP President B. Shivappa, Taluk Panchayat President J.B. Somaiah, CPI Siddaiah and other officials visited the spot.

The DFO said that the Forest Department will pay Rs. 5 lakh as compensation to the family of the deceased Thammaiah, out of which Rs. 2.5 lakh will be paid as immediate relief.

Meanwhile, MP H. Vishwanath said that the Government will make all efforts to find a lasting solution to the elephant menace in Kodagu district.

Also, the Centre’s help will be sought to install solar fencing in areas prone to elephant attack. The Forest Department will be asked to plant trees, which can be food to the elephants, he said and added that the family of the victim will be paid compensation by the Government.

Meanwhile, MLA Appachu Ranjan said the elephant menace was on the rise in Beloor, Igoor Gram Panchayat limits and the Forest Department has been asked to take appropriate measures to end the menace.

The Forest Department has also been directed to pay Rs. 2.5 lakh as immediate relief to the victim’s family and the remaining amount will be paid later, he added.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore