This is the shocking moment a furious elephant crushed a man to death after a crowd of workers teased a herd passing through a tea plantation.
The animals were calmly crossing a road in northeast India in search of food when a swarm of workers started taunting and chasing the elephants in a bid to scare them off.
Shocking video footage shows one of the elephants becoming enraged by the shouting and car horns before charging towards the screaming crowd.
After darting towards the tea garden workers, the huge Indian elephant made a beeline for a man who had stumbled by the roadside while trying to escape.
He was trampled to death before the elephant returned to the herd on the opposite side of the road in Letekujan, in the state of Assam.
The man, identified as Pascal Munda, was rushed to the Golaghat Civil Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Cops investigating the incident are looking at whether the man provoked the elephant.
Vikas Kumar, a well-known elephant expert, said: “It is really sad to see workers and passersby teasing the gain animal.
“The wild tuskers are agitated only after they’re being irritated and in this case, unfortunately, it had happened.”
The organisation said the close proximity of elephants to villages and towns in India means there is often conflict when the animals migrate or forage for food.
The state’s environment and forests minister, Parimal Suklabaidya, said the Assam state administration has taken measures to stem the conflicts between humans and elephants in the region.