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India news: Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary elephant kills woman then returns to trample on her corpse

Elephant kills woman, 70, in India and returns to trample on her corpse at funeral after lifting her body from pyre as family performed last rites

  • Elephant trampled 70-year-old Maya Murmu while she was drawing water
  • She later died of her injuries after the elephant strayed from a sanctuary
  • Then at her funeral it lifted her body from the funeral pyre and trampled again

A 70-year-old woman who was trampled to death by an elephant has had her body stampeded over by the very same wild animal. 

Maya Murmu was out drawing water in Raipal village, Eastern India when the escaped elephant came out of nowhere and trampled her on Thursday morning.

She later died in hospital of her injuries, Rasgovindpur police station inspector Lopamudra Nayak said.

Then that evening the elephant returned as the 70-year-old’s body lay on top of her funeral pyre. 

It took her body down, trampled her again, threw her around and went off into the night, according to the Press Trust of India. 

An elephant trampled 70-year-old Maya Murmu while she was drawing water in India (stock image)

The elephant is believed to have travelled from the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Jharkhand, 200km away from Raipal in Odisha state, Mayurbhanj district.

According to local reports, the Independent said, the second trampling happened while Ms Murmu’s family were performing last rites. 

It is now known if anyone else was harmed but the family did go ahead with the ceremony after the elephant left. 

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

The Indian government limits potentially deadly human-elephant encounters by tagging the giants with radio collars and alerting locals via text messages when the beasts wander through human-populated zones.

In the above video a man is seen being trampled by an elephant in 2021. 

The footage, recorded in the Dhubri district, shows the elephant emerging from the forest in pursuit of its victim and the man running for his life.

The injured man was rushed to safety while the forest officials chased the jumbo back towards the forest cover.

India Today reported the man was ‘severely injured’ although still alive, receiving treatment in hospital on 19 December.

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