Wild elephant injures kid

Wild elephant injures kid

Amulya being treated at a hospital in Hassan for injuries sustained when she was picked up and thrown to the ground by a wild tusker at Anegalale in Alur on Sunday. DH photo

The girl was admitted to the Hassan District General Hospital for treatment. Her father was engaged in plucking coconuts from the trees when the incident occurred.

After injuring Amulya, the tusker went on a rampage on the streets of the village. The residents, however, managed to drive the elephant towards the forest on the outskirts of the village.

The Range Forest Officer Raveendra visited the village and spoke to the family members of Amulya. Meanwhile, several residents of K Hosakote and Kundur hobli in the taluk charged the district administration with failure to put an end  to wild elephant menace in the region.

The herd of elephants roaming in the area have destroyed crops and property worth lakhs of rupees in the villages of Hemmage, Neragalale, Purabairvanahalli, Vatepura, Malagale, Kallare, Ganjigere, Bettahalli, Kudidale and others.

The wild elephants roam in Ranganabetta forest region, Parvathammanavara betta and Hemavathy backwaters region. No preventive steps have been initiated by the government and the elected representatives are unconcerned, they complain. 

On rampage

Coffee, arecanut and banana plantations have been destroyed by jumbos on rampage, often posing a risk to the lives of planters. Residents said migration out of the village had begun, as people had incurred losses, and were trying to find employment in cities. The compensation released by the government is meagre compared to the loss.

Farming activities have come to standstill since the elephant herd was noticed in the area, as farm workers are not willing to work in the fields for fear of being attacked by the elephants.

Education of children has been affected, as parents are scared to send their children to school.

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