After a crowd antagonized an elephant herd outside a forest reserve at the Morongi tea plantation in northeast India, a man was trampled to death by an elephant.
The incident occurred on July 25 at around 5 p.m. when the elephants were crossing a road in northeast India calmly looking for food. A swarm of workers began scolding and chasing them in an attempt to scare them away. Suddenly, one of the elephants, angered by the shouting, charged towards the screaming crowd.
A honking vehicle and a man in a purple shirt who teased the elephants with yellow fabric seemed to irritate the elephants. However, Pachkal Mura, 45, was unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when one of the enraged elephants abruptly altered course and sought revenge.
After rushing towards the tea plantation employees, the massive Indian elephant made a beeline for a Mura, who slipped over while attempting to escape. The elephant trampled him to death before rejoining the herd on the other side of the road.
Mura was recognized as the victim by forest officials. In the video, he can be seen running away from the elephant before collapsing. Mura was stomped by the elephant that had broken away from the herd. He was rushed to the Golaghat Civil Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
“All formalities have been completed, including post mortem. A formal report will be sent to the higher authorities soon,” a forest official told Assam Tribune. The incident is being investigated by police to see if the man provoked the elephant.
Vikas Kumar, a well-known elephant expert, stated, “The wild tuskers are agitated only after they’re being irritated and in this case, unfortunately, it had happened.”
According to the WWF, elephants kill at least 100 people in India each year, while the number could be as high as 300.