Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Elephant run-riot, reasons ‘Fear’ in Indian City

According to the Indian authorities, two wild elephants have gone on a run riot in southern India, killing as a minimum one person.
The elephants left a track of demolition in a colony of the city of Mysore, in the state of Karnataka. Authorities say the animals entered into the city from a close by forest, leaving citizens escaping for their lives.
Officials say that one elephant barged into a women's college complex and walked the grounds, while the other caused chaos in a residential territory.
Forest rangers and officials from Mysore Zoo later confined and anesthetized the animals.
A 55-year-old man who gone his house in the Bamboo Bazaar town of Mysore after hearing the turmoil was crushed to death, Karnataka state Higher Education Minister SA Ramdas told AFP news agency.
Mr. Ramdas said schools and colleges in the city were shut down whole Wednesday and an additional police had been positioned as a safety measures.
Country forest department officials said the young elephants came from forest about 35km (22 miles) from the city. They say that two other elephants stay at large on the remotes of Mysore.
One official accused the run riot on human infringement into territories usually occupied by elephants.
Free-for-all spreading out of farm lands and growing movement of people and vehicles through the elephant corridor are making the wild jumbos enter into villages and towns in search of food and shelter, he told AFP.
Mr. Ramdas said that the two detained elephants would be freed return to the wild.

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