A large number of villagers, including 60-year-old Shyam Chandra Pal, had gone to the nearby bamboo jungle, where a herd of 12 wild elephants had sneaked in since last night in search of food, to drive the animals back to the forest, said Divisional Forest Officer (Dalbhum), Saba Alam Ansari.
The animals got infuriated as people came close to them in the process to drive them away, he said adding that the panicky villagers ran to safety when the herd rushed to attack them but, the elderly man, who could not escape.
Meanwhile, two teams of the forest department were pressed into service to drive the elephants back to their natural habitat.
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