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Elephant kills rickshaw puller in Ramu forest

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In an apparent fight over territory, an elephant killed a rickshaw-puller who went deep inside of the reserved Ramu forest in Cox’s Bazar early Saturday morning.
The deceased was Mohammad Hossen, 28, son of late Fakir Ahmed of Mandalpara village under Ramu upazila.
Local forest officer Mohammad Masum said Hossen went to Ramu-Moriccha road inside the deep forest with his rickshaw at about 5:00am for bringing firewood while an elephant happened to turn up on the road and came upon him.
He was trampled by the elephant and died on the spot, Masum said.
It was not clear why the man was allowed to bring firewood from a reserved forest zone.
A total of 12 people were killed by elephants in Cox's Bazar from November 2013 to till the date, an assistant conservator who goes by same name Mohammad Hossen, said. He works for the Cox's Bazar south Forest Division.
Elephants graze routinely in the forest maintaining a trail. They attack people if they find homes or any structure along their grazing trail, environment activists say.
They say it is the human beings who often intrude the elephant trails, affect the lifestyle of these intelligent animals and invite troubles.
Sharp decline in the elephant’s grazing lands causes such confrontations.
In Bangladesh the number of elephant population recently came under 100, from nearly a thousand a century ago, activists say.




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