BAGERHAT, Bangladesh - A circus elephant went berserk and trampled three people, including two women, to death in Mollahat upazila of Bagerhat yesterday.
The dead are Monwara Begum, 45, wife of Yaar Ali of Jatrapur village in Bagerhat Sadar upazila, Kusum Biswas, 61, wife of Jatindranath Biswas of Kahalpur village, and Mizanur Rahman Fakir, 45, of Basabari village in Mollahat upazila.
The male elephant broke his chains when it was tied to a bamboo pole in Gopalganj's Gunapara. It then entered Mollahat upazila around 5:30am, crossing the Madhumati river, said ANM Khairul Anam, officer-in-charge of Mollahat Police Station.
The elephant first stormed Garfa village and attacked Monwara, who had come to her daughter's house, leaving her critically injured. Monwara was rushed to Khulna Medical College Hospital where she died later, the police official said.
The animal also damaged at least seven houses in the village.
It then went to nearby Kahalpur village and swooped on Kusum in her house, leaving her dead on the spot.
Later, the rampaging elephant entered Basabari village and crushed Mizanur to death in his house. It also tried to pull a tube well there.
Hearing the news, Mohammad Faruk, mahout of the elephant, rushed to the village and managed to calm it down with the help of locals.
Faruk also said one Motiar Rahman of Sreemangal in Moulvibazar is the owner of the elephant and his female companion. "Circus groups hire the elephants from Motiar."
Last week, for mating, the male elephant was taken to a circus group in Bagerhat's Fakirhat upazila where his female partner was kept.
On Friday, the female elephant was sent elsewhere.
The female elephant was being brought back to her male partner to tame it, the mahout added.