Kottayam: A mahout died here on Sunday morning as he got trapped under an elephant he was trying to bath.
The shocking freak tragedy happened at Karapuzha on the outskirts of Kottayam town at around 9.30 am.
The deceased is Arun Panicker, a native of Chennithala in Alappuzha district.
The CCTV visuals of the incident suggest that the elephant sat towards the side where Arun was standing and he came underneath the animal as he slipped and fell.
Arun is seen hitting and instructing the elephant to lie down moments before the gruesome incident.
Arun's deputy who rushed to the spot made a vain bid to extricate him from beneath the tusker. However, he had died on the spot itself.
The elephant, named Bharat Visvanathan, was being given the bath after it was brought back from a few temples when the accident occurred.