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(IANS)

On Friday morning, a 60-year-old man was trampled to death by a wild elephant in Kerala. Locals at Dhoni, Palakkad, have since staged a protest in front of the district forest office against the callous attitude of the officials regarding the matter.

The deceased, Sivaraman, was out on a morning walk at around 5.30 a.m. with his friends when a wild elephant attacked him. According to an eyewitness, the elephant chased Sivaraman and killed him in a few minutes.

Even though his friends rushed him to a hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

What irked the locals was when they approached the forest officials, instead of being sympathetic, they questioned them on the need for venturing out so early.

Under the CPI-M leadership, the agitated locals staged a ‘sit-in’ in front of the forest office.

“For long, we have been demanding the forest officials to make some sort of arrangements to tackle the man-animal conflict that has been lingering in our area for long. We have lost our friend, and we want adequate compensation for his family,” said the angry group of protesters.

Meanwhile, high-level officials arrived and convinced the protesters to call off the protest with an assurance of strict action against the erring forest officials.

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