2 injured in wild elephant attack in Mudigere

Villagers block NH-234 and protest

In yet another incident of man-elephant conflict, a wild elephant which has entered in to the main road in Banakal hobli in Mudigere taluk, attacked two persons, on Saturday.

The elephant which first arrived to Chakkamakki village early in the morning,
attacked Kamala, a daily wage labourer who was walking by the side of National Highway 234. She has suffered injuries on her head, hand and face. 

The victim was rushed to MGM Hospital for treatment and was later shifted to a hospital in Mangalore.

After the first attack, the elephant stepped into Banalli village, where it attacked Jayachar from Belthangady taluk, who was travelling in his bike. The elephant lifted him along with the two-wheeler and threw him in the air.

He has sustained injuries on his back and legs.

He too has been shifted to Mangalore for further treatment.

Enraged over the incident, the  villagers staged a protest by blocking NH 234 (Villupuram-Mangalore road), for about half an hour. The protesters accused the Forest Department officers of not visiting the villages after the elephant attack. They alleged the officers of not taking any action to check the wild elephant menace.

When Deputy Conservator of Forest Venkatesh visited the spot, the villagers submitted a list of complaints.

They urged the department provide compensation for the victims family.
Responding to their requests and complaints, the DCF promised that the wild elephant which attacked on Saturday will be caught within a week and compensation will be provided to the victims.

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