Animal Poacher Trampled To Death By Wild Elephants

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A man suspected of animal poaching in India has been trampled to death by wild elephants in a forest in Kerala. Another man was also seriously injured in the elephant stampede and is currently in a critical condition in a local hospital.

Suspected poacher trampled to death by wild elephants

It is being reported that a gang of four poachers entered the forest close to the Thattekkad bird sanctuary in Kerala at 9 pm last night. It is presumed that they were searching for wild Indian elephants whose tusks command a considerable price on the black market.

Forest officials said:

One of the gang members, Tony (26) was crushed to death by an elephant. In the melee, a loaded unlicensed local gun he was carrying also accidentally went off, hitting his thigh.

Unfortunately for the poachers, the elephants discovered them before they could found their trial. A herd of elephants suddenly swarmed in the company’s path and began to stampede. It is being reported that a twenty-six-year-old man, named only in the press as ‘Tony’ was killed in the stampede. In confusion, the unlicensed gun he was carrying accidentally discharged causing a bullet to become impacted in his thigh. During the stampede, a thirty-year-old man who has been named in the press as ‘Basil’ was seriously injured. He has since been admitted to a private hospital in nearby Aluva. Staff has confirmed that he is in a stable but critical condition.

The other two gang members, named as Sajith and Anish, told their friends and families about what had happened which led to the authorities being alerted. Following their confession, the police searched the scene where they recovered weapons and other equipment used for the hunting of wild animals. There is currently an open investigation into whether the men were in breach of the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act. It is being reported that the two men have absconded from their homes rather than remaining to face justice.

Poaching is taken very seriously in India where the practice of illegal hunting has driven some of India’s most iconic indigenous animals, such as the Bengal tiger, to the brink of extinction. The penalty for poaching is a maximum sentence of three years in prison or a fine of Rs25,000.

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