Monday, 20. May 2013 - 05:05
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An Indian school teacher who bowed down in front of a temple elephant to pray for good luck from the Gods died when the animal stamped on him with both feet and then picked him up and smashed him headfirst against a wall.
Eyewitnesses said that Sekarv Aadil, 55, had only arrived at the Sri Mahalingaswamy temple at Thiruvidaimaruthur minutes before – and as he walked through the door he had spotted the elephant being led to its stable by one of the temple monks.
One man told local media: "He fell down in front of the elephant to worship it was the animal didn't seem to like – and it grabbed him with its trunk. It dropped on the ground and stamped on him and then picked him up and smashed him against the wall. Only when he stopped moving to the elephant lose interest and drop him."
The attack left other worshippers running from the temple and the badly injured man was taken to the local Kumabakonam government hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Temple officials said that the elephant named Gomathi was normally docile but had had a bad experience with drunken worshippers and did not like men who surprised it. A medical examination short while after the incident indicated that the elephant was fit and there was no obvious reason for it to have behaved so aggressively.
The dead man leaves behind his wife named Geetha and 2 daughters.
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