Man out on morning walk with pet dog killed in elephant attack in Karnataka
The New Indian Express
June 7, 2021
MADIKERI: A man who was taking a morning walk alongside his pet dog was
killed in an elephant attack at Arvathoklu village in South Kodagu on
Rangaswamy, 52, a resident of PHS Colony in Arvathoklu, was taking his
usual morning walk near his house alongside his pet dog. However, at around
6 am, a lone tusker that is said to have been herded inside a private
estate suddenly attacked Rangaswamy who was thrown away. He suffered
serious injuries on his chest and leg.
He was immediately taken to Gonikoppal Hospital for first aid treatment and
was being shifted to Mangaluru Hospital. Nevertheless, Rangaswamy succumbed
to his injuries on the way in Madikeri after suffering a heart attack. His
body was taken to Madikeri Hospital for a post mortem. Rangaswamy worked as
Meanwhile, a newspaper agent and resident of Gonikoppal Jamuna confirmed
that she saw a lone tusker on Ponnampet-Gonikoppal Road during the early
morning hours even as she escaped from the route.
Villagers have been speaking out against the forest department for their
negligence in controlling the wild elephant menace. “The forest department
was alerted by the villagers after a herd of seven elephants were found
inside the village premises. They have been herded inside estates for
nearly a month now. However, no action was taken by the department despite
several complaints,” alleged a villager.