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Killer elephant shot dead in India

Killer elephant shot dead in India

The elephant separated from its herd in the Sahibganj forest area invaded villages and killed 15 tribals, out of which nine belonged to the Paharia tribe.

Jharkhand government hired Hyderabad hunter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan to hunt down an elephant which crushed four people in Bihar before crossing into neighbouring Jharkhand killing 11 more. Claiming that it was a unsafe operation, Mr. Khan recalled that the pachyderm tried to swing its trunk at the hunting party after he shot the elephant at point-blank range.

"If we had been hit by his truck it could have been fatal".

According to the Newspaper, The hunt was carried out in Sahibganj district of Jharkhand.Claiming that it was a unsafe operation, Mr. Khan recalled that the pachyderm tried to swing its trunk at the hunting party after he shot the elephant at point-blank range.

Forest officials tried to tranquilize the elephant from a distance of 30 meters, but the animal suddenly ran to charge them, forcing the hunter to open fire, reported Hindustan Times. "Nawab Shafat Ali Khan said", It was a unsafe operation and if we had been hit by his trunk it could have been fatal".

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"We have a team of experts and hunters here with us", Singh said.

Khan, who has carried out 24 previous government-sanctioned hunting missions, said he was baffled by the elephant's behaviour.

The sharpshooter was last roped in by authorities in western Maharastra state, where he tranquilised a killer tiger. "The visibility is only 15 feet and it's become next to impossible to tranquilise the animal", Singh told AFP.

The elephant's death comes a day before World Elephant Day, which falls every year on August 12.

Violent encounters between elephants and humans have been on the rise, as human activities and expansion of settlements leave little room for wild elephants to roam.