Chennai, Mar 6 (BPNS)
In a drastic incident, two tribal people who were returning home after buying groceries in a two wheeler were trampled to death by a wild elephant who entered the road.
The two identified as Bomme Gowdar (55) and Sidhumari (65) are from the Kunri tribal village in Kadambur forest area in Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR).
The incident occurred near Thattapalam on Sunday evening. Bomme Gowdar and Sidhumari were pillion-riding two of their friends when the wild elephant charged at them. All four dropped their vehicles and ran away. However, the elephant chased them and caught hold of both Bomme Gowdar and Sidhumari, and trampled them to death.
Forest department officials told BPNS that the postmortem of the deceased will be conducted at Sathyamangalam Government hospital. The bodies will be handed over to the families of the deceased after the postmortem. Forest officials said that compensation to the families of the dead people will be provided after a detailed inquiry into the matter.