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Midnapore: A middle-aged woman and an elderly man have been killed by wild elephants in the Junglemahal forests of Bengal.

The incidents took place at Salboni in West Midnapore and Lalgarh in Jhargram district since last night.

To get some relief from the scorching heat, Basana Mahato (55) was asleep on a cot in the front yard of her hutment at Salboni last night. All of a sudden, a wild tusker forayed in and picked up the woman with its trunk before flinging off to the ground. She died on the spot.

In the second incident that took place today at dawn at Lalgarh, Ishwar Mandi (69) was trampled to death by another tusker when he went to the forest next to his house to pick-up a wild fruit that the Adivasis consume.

The two back-to-back killings by wild elephants have triggered a panic in the villages located next to the forests as people fear more such raids. Forest guards have been deployed in the areas to drive away the elephants who might foray into the villages.