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Tragic Elephant Attack Claims the Life of Forest Officer in Hassan District

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In Hassan district on Thursday, August 31, a tragic incident unfolded as a wild injured elephant lashed out at a Forest Department team dispatched to administer treatment, resulting in the unfortunate death of a forest officer.

This heartbreaking occurrence transpired in the forests near Halliyuru, situated in Alur taluk within Hassan. The forest officer who lost his life in this incident was H.H. Venkatesh, aged 67.

Venkatesh had previously served as a forest guard and, upon retirement, continued to contribute his expertise by working through an outsourcing firm. He was widely recognized for his proficiency in administering tranquilizers to elephants, earning him the moniker “Aane (elephant) Venkatesh.”

The injured elephant in question, named Bheema, required medical attention, prompting the Forest Department to mobilize a team for the task. Among them were veterinarian and expert Vaseem, as well as Venkatesh. Tragically, when Venkatesh approached the elephant to administer the tranquilizer, the animal became agitated and launched a ferocious attack. It used its trunk to lift Venkatesh and fling him away.

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The elephant, unusually, exhibited aggressive behavior, attacking others in the team as well. Prior to this incident, it had never displayed such hostility. Despite the team’s efforts to rescue Venkatesh, he was rushed to the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS) but, tragically, succumbed to his injuries.

In the wake of this devastating loss, Venkatesh’s family members criticized the forest authorities for sending a 67-year-old man on such a perilous mission. They also voiced concerns that adequate precautions were not taken before embarking on this dangerous endeavor. Venkatesh is survived by his wife and two sons.

Forest Minister Eshwar Khandre extended his condolences for Venkatesh’s untimely demise, and the department offered a financial contribution of Rs 15 lakh to support his grieving family.

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