Herd of elephants break open the gates at a Coimbatore School

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New Delhi | Published: March 5, 2017 3:32:59 PM

According to the CCTV grab, it was seen that the security guard was rushing away to inform others, when he saw the wild elephants approaching towards the school gate.

Last month, an elephant broke away the railway level crossing at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary area in Jalpaiguri dist. in the Doars of West Bengal. (IE)

A herd of four elephants broke open the gates of a school campus in Coimbatore, on Saturday evening. This incident was caught live on camera when they were trying to escape, walking one behind the other. They were four in number, including a calf. According to the CCTV grab, it was seen that the security guard was rushing away to inform others, when he saw the wild elephants approaching towards the school gate.

Last month, an elephant broke away the railway level crossing at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary area in Jalpaiguri dist. in the Doars of West Bengal. The railway line passes through the reserve forest area where the adult male elephant encroached the forest and broke the gate. Staying there for sometime, he returned back to the forest. Chapramari area in Gorumara has over 160 wild elephants that are often spotted in the region, reported PTI. Trains passing through that route were not disrupted.

News of man-animal conflicts have often been reported. A 30-year old man was killed by a wild elephant last month when the poor victim was taking photos of a herd of pachyderms in the forests of Balrampur dist., in Chattisgarh. The deceased was later identified as Naseem Khan.

Another man in Chattisgarh got injured in an accident when local residents of Baskepi village were driving away a herd of 11 elephants, reported PTI. However, the kin of the deceased were given relief amount of Rs 25,000 by the Forest Department. While a compensation amount of Rs 3.75 lakh was disbursed to them within a week.

In 2016, an adult wild elephant entered the Udayagiri hills near Bhubaneswar, thereby breaking the boundary wall. Prior to this incident, the elephant also broke the boundary wall of a school in the wee hours of morning. The elephant came from the Bharatpurpur Reserve Forest.

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