In a freak accident, a mahout was crushed to death while bathing an elephant at Karapuzha in Kottayam on Sunday morning.
The mahout, Arun Panikkar (42) of Chennithala in Alappuzha, was bathing the elephant Bharat Viswanathan after it was brought back from a few temple festivals. He poured water on the tusker using a hose. He then directed the elephant to lie down on its side and even had to beat it.
As the elephant began to lie down towards the side he was standing, Arun tried to move the hose on his side and slipped. Before he could stand on his feet, the tusker had lain over him, crushing him to death. Efforts by the deputy mahout to extricate Arun turned futile. (UNI)