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Drunken elephants go on rampage

At least 6 in India killed after elephants get into rice beer

Dec 17, 2002 - At least six persons were crushed to death by wild elephants that went amok after getting drunk on rice beer near Guwahati, India. A forest official said the herd went on the rampage Monday in Tinsukia district.

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"They smashed huts and plundered granaries and broke open casks to drink rice beer. The herd then went berserk killing six persons," according to a Reuters report.

Wild elephants have been targeting areas where people brew large volumes of rice beer. "We have come across devastating drunken bouts by herds that have developed a liking for country liquor," Kushal Sharma, a noted elephant expert, said.

In the last two years, elephants have killed at least 150 people. Villagers, in turn, have killed up to 200 of the animals.


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