Residents of the Aralam farm near Kerala’s Kannur have been up in arms since Thursday morning after one of them was trampled to death by a wild elephant.

The deceased, Damu, a mason by profession, had gone into the forests along with his friends to collect firewood when he was attacked by a wild elephant and killed.

Uthaman, another resident of the farm which is located in the wildlife area stated that no one has a count of the number of wild elephants in the area.

“We are told that there are 85 wild elephants which are creating havoc in the area where we reside. The death of Damu is the tenth in the last 14 years. The Forest and Revenue officials do not care about the problems we have been raising for long. In January there was a similar death and then the officials promised all action, but nothing has happened,” Uthaman said.

The locals stated that they will not return the body of Damu unless action has been assured to them.

“We do not want to see officers who come to us when a person dies. We have lost faith in these officials who have done nothing to save our lives,” Uthaman said.

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, which spreads around 55 square kilometres, is situated in the southeast part of the Kannur district.

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