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Berserk elephant 'kills man', 70, on destructive rampage through village

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A berserk elephant caused chaos when it stormed through an Indian village and even reportedly killed a 70-year-old man.

Panic gripped the residents of several villages in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh when the massive creature went on a five-hour rampage, destroying homes and vehicles in its path.

The terrifying ordeal took place at the Saraipur Ismail village and the neighbouring villages under the Uttaraon police station controlled area of Sangam city in Prayagraj district on August 16.

Video footage shows the large mammal roaming through the streets as villagers seek shelter on top of roofs.

At one point, the elephant can be seen picking up what appears to be a motorbike and thrashing it around.

At one point the elephant slams into an electric pole and sends it crashing to the ground

It can also be seen slamming into an electric pole and sending it crashing to the ground.

The elephant also damaged several houses and injured at least three villagers.

Local reports said the furious beast claimed the life of 70-year-old, named locally as Pannaalaal Aayu.

A man reportedly died in the terrifying rampage
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Special forest department teams from Kanpur, Agra and Mathura were deployed to capture the elephant and prevent any further damage.

After several failed attempts, a team of doctors from Gorakhpur and Mathura, along with a forest department team, managed to tranquillise the animal after a five-hour operation.

According to reports, the elephant is owned by former Member of Parliament Nagendra Singh Patel, who had brought the animal from the neighbouring state of Bihar.

The elephant will be treated in the village before any decision is taken on the next course of action.

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