Elephant tramples to death man out on picnic with friends near Dehradun
Times of India
September 14, 2021
A man out on a picnic with friends on the outskirts of Dehradun was
trampled to death by an elephant, as per the claims of forest department.
The incident took place in the Saura-Saroli area of
Maldevta on Sunday.
Identified as one Shahbaaz, the man and his friends reportedly went near a
forest where they came across a herd of elephants, according to the forest
staff. Seeing the jumbos, they started to flee, but Shahbaaz was
attacked by one of the elephants and suffered grievous injuries. He was
taken to a health centre where he was declared dead.
The incident has raised questions on the lack of patrolling in the forest
area despite it being a famous jumbo zone and rising cases of elephants
moving around that area.
The forest department data indicates that eight persons have lost their
lives to human-elephant conflict and five others were left brutally injured
in Uttarakhand till July 31. And almost a dozen elephants have also lost
their lives in different forms of conflicts arising due to encroachment of
A few residents of Dehradun have alleged that it is "excessive encroachment
of fringe forest areas due to which the elephants are unwillingly getting
into a conflict".
Incidentally, the mishap occurred close to Balawala forest where the
education department had planned to come up with a science research
institute by felling at least 25,000 trees. In the same area, the previous
year, solar fencing was raised to keep elephants away from venturing out
from the forest in search of food.