Boy crushed to death by elephant after being pushed to ground as crowd flees rampaging beast in India
- Shocking footage shows the moment when the elephant rushes into a crowd
- It was part of a herd of at least 28 elephants crossing a road in Assam state
- Villagers from Letekujan shouted to encourage the animals to cross
- But a rogue elephant broke from the herd and trampled a child to death
- About 100 people are killed by elephants in India every year, according to WWFWF
A boy has been trampled by an elephant after storming a mob in an Indian village.
The bystanders gathered on either side of a herd of elephants and tried to rush them across a road in Letekujan, in the northeastern state of Assam.
Shocking video shows the moment when an elephant breaks away from the herd and rushes into the crowd, which runs away 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, stomps repeatedly on his body and drags him along the ground.
Moments earlier, locals with shoes and shirts could be seen beating and screaming in an attempt to get the large herd off the road.
A boy (circled) has been trampled to death by an elephant after storming a mob 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
Moments earlier, locals wearing shoes and shirts were seen beating and screaming in an attempt to get the large herd off the road.
A car horn sounds to encourage the at least 28 elephants, including calves, to cross the road before the unhinged elephant breaks away from the herd.
After being trampled, it rejoins the other elephants on the other side of the road.
The child, whose name and age have not been made public, has died following the horrific incident, Jam Press reported.
About 100 people are killed by elephants in India every year, although the number could reach 300, according to the WWF.
Most elephant habitats in Asia are close to or adjacent to human settlements, which can create conflict between local people and animals migrating or foraging for food.
About 100 people are killed by elephants in India every year, although the number could reach 300 . according to WWF
Shocking video shows an elephant breaking away from the herd and charging into the crowd of screaming people
After trampling, the elephant rejoins the other elephants on the other side of the road as the crowd watches
In June, a wild elephant a 10-year-old boy trampled in the Golaghat district of Assam.
The boy was 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. According to the Hindustan Times, the elephant and its calf have been seized by police.
Indian elephants can grow up to 3.5 m high at the shoulder and weigh up to 5000 kg.