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Rogue tusker caught after killing spree in Coimbatore

In a chain of incidents that took place between 3:30 am and 5:50 am on Friday, a wild lone tusker strayed away from the forest, entered the city in the wee hours and went on a rampage killing four people, including a 12-year-old girl. Four others have been badly injured.

Rogue tusker caught after killing spree in Coimbatore
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“This is the first time that an elephant has killed four people in a day in Tamil Nadu,” Conservator of Forests for Coimbatore Circle, I Anwardeen, said. District Forest Officer (DFO) S Ramasubramaniam told DTNext that forest personnel had been keeping track of the 20-year-old jumbo since Sunday. 

Two teams lost track of it late  Thursday night at Madukkarai Market, about three km from the Madukkarai reserve forest. The girl, V Gayathri of Ganesapuram near Podanur, was sleeping in front of the house when she was trampled to death. Two tranquilisers and a kumki Paari (39) enabled the capture of the jumbo, which was finally loaded onto a truck to be taken back to the forest. 

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