RAIPUR: A 41-year-old Chinese national was trampled to death by an elephant in Gharghoda forests area of Chhattisgarh's Raigarh district on Monday, police said.
Jong Kitau came face-to-face with the wild elephant when he was on a morning walk at Katengapali village under Gharghoda police station limits, Raigarh superintendent of police Sanjeev Shukla said.
The victim was working (on contract) as an engineer on a project to set up a power plant named 'TRN' in the region.
A team of engineers from China, working on the project, was staying at a guest house on the outskirts of Katengapali village.
Like everyday, Kitau and his colleague were in the adjoining forest for a morning walk when they encountered the tusker. While his colleague managed to flee from the spot, Kitau was trapped and suffered massive internal injuries after the pachyderm smashed him with its trunk and then stomped on him, the SP said.
Soon after getting the news of the incident, police personnel and forest officials rushed to the spot.
A case has been registered in this regard, he said.
The thick forested northern Chhattisgarh, comprising Surguja, Korba, Raigarh, Jashpur and Korea districts, is known for human-elephant conflicts.
The region has witnessed several killings of villagers and widespread damages to houses and crops by rogue elephants in past years.
Now the elephant needs to be taken into custody... again it has to be taken to the court for regular hearings... poor animal.. and if found guilty would be imprisoned for minimum 14 years... :-)
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ganeshji ordered him to kill the enemy
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Due to sheer carelessness on the part of Forest Officials a precious live was lost. Words are not enough to console the surviving members of the foreigner.
Basab • 24 mins ago
Elephants don't believe in dharnas or bandhs. If you try to encroach on their rightful habitat, they will kill !!!
Very sad incident! It also says how people working in many projects in India in remote area risk their life! India is full with wild animals and animals are more protected then human being!
Sanjeev Kumar Vyas
They should be protected. It is we who are encroaching their land not the other-way around.
Why anyone is not talking about the encroachment and destruction of the Pachyderm's habitat