Farmer trampled to death by elephant in Komarada; 8th such incident so far

Farmers of Komarada mandal said the district administration and Vizianagaram ministers have failed to save the lives of farmers and crops from the elephants.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  12 Nov 2022 11:44 AM GMT
Farmer trampled to death by elephant in Komarada; 8th such incident so far

Vizianagaram: In yet another incident of man-animal conflict in Parvathipuram Manyam district of Andhra Pradesh, a 47-year-old man was trampled to death by a wild elephant at Kallikota village under Komarada police station limits on Friday midnight.

It is the fourth such incident under Komarda police station limits and the eighth such incident under the Kurupam Assembly constituency in the district in the past few years. The deceased was identified as Dasari Govind, a farmer and a resident of Kotha Kallikota village.

Sub-inspector of police, Komarada, M.J Naidu said Govind had gone to his field to check the water levels when a male elephant attacked him and trampled him to death.

Forest officials and the police visited the farm where Govind was killed. His body was taken for post-mortem.

Jumbo menace continues

For the past few years, the farmers of Parvathipuram Manyam district have been facing sleepless nights as wild elephants have been creating havoc in the region, destroying standing crops, and killing farmers. The locals said earlier, a male elephant had strayed away from the herd. They said it again strayed away from the herd and attacked the farmer.

Expressing displeasure over the loss of lives and crops due to the jumbo menace, Kolli Samba Murthy of CPM said farmers have been losing their crops and their lives in their fields due to the continuing jumbo menace.

The forest department will pay a mere compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to Govind's family, and they will wash their hands off the incident. The families of people killed in elephant attacks have been waiting for proper support from the government, said Samba Murthy.

Farmers of Komarada mandal said the district administration and Vizianagaram ministers have failed to save the lives of farmers and crops from the elephants. No concrete steps were taken to move the elephants to the forest area, they said, demanding the government announce at least Rs. 20 lakh compensation for the family of the victims.

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