CHITTOOR: A herd of elephants on Friday killed a farmer at Karagallu village of V Kota mandal in Chittoor district. The incident has created panic in villages abutting forests in Chittoor district as it comes close on the heels of a similar attack on Thursday in which a forest line watchman was trampled to death by elephants at Naniya village near Ramakuppam.
According to reports, a herd of elephants strayed into agricultural fields at Karagallu village in search of food. Farmers attempted to drive the pachyderms away from the fields. In the process, a farmer identified as Dora Swamy Naidu, fell down and was crushed to death by the herd.
Earlier on Thursday, forest line watchman Muniyappa died during an operation by a forest team to drive away the elephants into nearby forests. Chittoor district is not a traditional habitat of elephants but of late, the pachyderms have developed a liking for the crops grown in Kuppam mandal and areas bordering Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Elephants make a sojourn in Chittoor district eating away horticultural crops, particularly watermelons and tomatoes, while moving between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Though elephants damage crops in Chittoor district, they have never attacked human beings or domestic animals. Police registered cases in both the incidents.
Elephants make a sojourn in Chittoor district eating away horticultural crops, particularly watermelons.