Boy is crushed to death by a rampaging elephant after being pushed to the ground in India 


Boy is crushed to death by an elephant after he’s pushed to the ground while crowd flees from the rampaging beast in India

  • Shocking footage shows the moment the elephant charges towards a crowd 
  • It had been part of a herd of at least 28 elephants crossing a road in Assam state
  • Villagers from Letekujan were shouting to encourage the animals to cross
  • But one rogue elephant broke off from the herd and trampled a child to death
  • Around 100 people are killed by elephants in India each year, the WWF has said 


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A boy has been trampled to death by an elephant after it charged into a crowd in an Indian village.

The bystanders were gathered on either side of a herd of elephants, attempting to hurry them across a road in Letekujan in the north eastern Assam state.

Shocking video shows the moment an elephant breaks off from the herd and charges towards the crowd of people who run screaming.

The huge Indian elephant runs towards a boy who has tripped and fallen after being pushed to the ground by another person trying to flee the chaos.

The child rolls into a ditch but is followed by the elephant who tramples the small child, repeatedly stomping on his body and dragging it along the ground.

Moments earlier, locals were seen beating the ground with shoes and shirts and shouting in an attempt to move the large herd from the road. 

A boy (circled) has been trampled to death by an elephant after it charged into a crowd in India

A boy (circled) has been trampled to death by an elephant after it charged into a crowd in India

The huge Indian elephant runs towards a boy (circled) who has tripped and fallen after being pushed to the ground by another person trying to flee the chaos

The huge Indian elephant runs towards a boy (circled) who has tripped and fallen after being pushed to the ground by another person trying to flee the chaos

The huge Indian elephant runs towards a boy (circled) who has tripped and fallen after being pushed to the ground by another person trying to flee the chaos

Moments earlier, locals were seen beating the ground with shoes and shirts and shouting in an attempt to move the large herd from the road

Moments earlier, locals were seen beating the ground with shoes and shirts and shouting in an attempt to move the large herd from the road

Moments earlier, locals were seen beating the ground with shoes and shirts and shouting in an attempt to move the large herd from the road

A car horn is heard beeping to encourage the at least 28 elephants, including calves, across, before the rogue elephant breaks away from the herd. 

After the trampling, it rejoins the other elephants on the opposite side of the road.

The child, whose name and age has not been made public, was confirmed dead after the horrific incident, Jam Press reported.  

Around 100 people in India are killed each year by elephants, though the number can be as high as 300, according to the WWF.

Most areas of elephant habitat in Asia are close to or adjoining human settlements, creating the potential for conflict between local people and animals migrating or foraging for food. 

Around 100 people in India are killed each year by elephants, though the number can be as high as 300, according to the WWF

Around 100 people in India are killed each year by elephants, though the number can be as high as 300, according to the WWF

Around 100 people in India are killed each year by elephants, though the number can be as high as 300, according to the WWF

Shocking video shows the moment an elephant breaks off from the herd and charges towards the crowd of screaming people

Shocking video shows the moment an elephant breaks off from the herd and charges towards the crowd of screaming people

Shocking video shows the moment an elephant breaks off from the herd and charges towards the crowd of screaming people

After the trampling, the elephant rejoins the other elephants on the opposite side of the road as the crowd looks on

After the trampling, the elephant rejoins the other elephants on the opposite side of the road as the crowd looks on

After the trampling, the elephant rejoins the other elephants on the opposite side of the road as the crowd looks on

In June, a wild elephant trampled a 10-year-old boy in the Golaghat district of Assam. 

The boy had been collecting firewood with some friends when they were attacked, pratidintime.com reported, adding that the friends had managed to escape.

Earlier this month, a domesticated elephant in the same part of Assam killed a 14-year-old boy. The elephant and its calf were seized by police, according to Hindustan Times. 

Indian elephants can grow to up to 3.5m at the shoulder, and weigh up to 5,000kg.  



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