Title:VV2603 Elephant Kills Security Guard On National Highway
Date:23rd November 2017
Summary:A wild elephant has trampled a 30-something man to death in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, India.
The incident happened when Mr. Siddiq Hussein, a private security guard at a bank, jumped off his vehicle and started heading towards the elephant that brought the traffic to a standstill on the National Highway 31 that cuts through Gorumara National Park.
The elephant was crossing the road while it was apparently disturbed by the traffic and increasing crowd of curious onlookers. Overexcited at the very sight of the wild elephant in the middle of the road, Hussein stopped his vehicle at a safe distance from the mammal. He got down from the vehicle and started saluting and filming the mammoth with his cell phone. Apparently disturbed by his movements, the elephant turned its head and menacingly charged at him.
Even as fellow commuters alerted and asked him to run away, Hussain didn't move an inch from his position. Hussain had time to run away but he was probably numbed with the fear of the approaching death.
The elephant first flung the man with his trunk and then trampled him with his leg. The jumbo then dragged his lifeless body to the middle of the road, much to the horror of the onlookers.
Gorumara National Park DFO Nisha Goswami said: "This stretch is known for elephant sightings. But we have never witnessed something like this before. This is the first such case that has taken place in area."
According to reports, the 10-km stretch of National Highway 31 between Lataguri and Gorumara National Park gate has turned into a killer zone with speeding vehicles crushing more than 1,000 animals, reptiles and birds each year.