Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Wild elephant tramples 10 year old boy to death near Jamshedpur

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Jamshedpur : Tusker menace continues to haunt the villagers. In a recent incident, a 10-year-old boy was trampled to death by a wild elephant at Ichagarh in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

The victim was identified as Lal Mohan Mahto was trampled to death while he was responding to nature’s call at a forest. 

The incident took place near Datem village under Kukru panchayat where the victim used to live. The boy was killed as his father Vibhishan was waiting for him about 50 metres away.

According to sources, both father and son had gone to sell chickens at Kukru weekly ‘haat’ from their village on Friday. While returning home from Kukru, it was late, but incidentally, the boy felt the pressure.

“As the area is elephant-prone, the father Vibhishan was guarding his son while the latter was relieving himself by going over to a bush. But both of them failed to take notice of a tusker which came to the victim and trampled him to death, ” described a villager.

A forest department official said that the killer tusker separated itself from a herd of elephants which has come from the bordering Purulia district of Bengal.

The forest officer also informed they have paid a part of the compensation amount of Rs four lakhs to the parents of the trampling death victim.

“As we cannot stop the elephants from migrating from one jungle to another, but can safeguard the villages from the tuskers’ attack on the villages as well  as the paddy fields, we have set up separate teams for tuskers- driving wherever the chances of the menace is maximum.  But as this time, the paddy  crops have been done in fewer numbers, the tuskers are left with no option than to graze whatever field they  find on their way of migration,” the officer said.

Similar tusker menace was also reported from the villages falling under Ghatshila sub-division. An official revealed that about five herds of elephants have left Dalma hills toward West  Midnapore  treading through the villages under Ghatshila sub-division.  “We have got the reports that the migrating elephants have destroyed  paddy crops at a number of villages between Dalma and Bengal border, but as of now no casualty has been reported so far,” said the forest official.

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