A farmer was trampled to death by a wild elephant in a village near Hosur on Sunday.
Muniappa (60), a farmer of Pathakotta, near Hosur, was walking through Naickenapalli village to visit his relative when a wild elephant attacked him. Even before locals working in nearby farm lands, could rush to his rescue, the jumbo killed him and left the place.
However, the elephant has not returned to the forest, but has taken shelter in another farm densely populated with trees in Merugupur.
On information, a team of 25 forest officials, led by District Forest Officer A K Ulaganathan, rushed to the spot and chased the animal back into Melumalai forests. Hosur Sub-Collector Praveen Nair and Denkanikotta Assistant Superintendent of Police Vijayakumar visited the spot .
Talking to Express, Ulaganathan said that the rogue elephant was a male that had got separated from its herd of 48 while moving through Sanamavu area.
As immediate relief, he said, the forest department has given Rs 25,000 to the kin of the victim. He said the steps would be taken to disburse the remaining compensation of Rs 2.75 lakh soon. The body of the victim has been sent to Hosur government hospital for postmortem.