GUWAHATI, Nov 26 - A wild elephant trampled to death a person at Jobe village, Patgaon, last night.
A forest official said that the incident occurred around 9.30 pm when the elephant � a loner � that emerged from the nearby Rani forests trampled the victim, who was a daily wage earner. �It also seems from its behaviour that the elephant had tasted sulai (country liquor),� he added.
Local people said that the jumbo was in a nasty mood and even charged at other villagers.
Local people said that the deceased, whose identity and permanent residential address are yet to be ascertained, was a worker and had been living in the village for several years.
A public meet was held today in the village in the presence of DFO Chandan Bora and officials of the Azara Police Station. The villagers demanded adequate security from the forest department during night for protection of their lives and paddy fields. Bora assured the villagers that the vigil would be intensified.
Rani happens to be among the man-elephant conflict areas where, according to local people, some 20 people have been killed by elephants in the past two decades.