KAUSHIK DUTTA, Purulia: A 61-year-old man died in an elephant attack in Jhalda area of Purulia, West Bengal on Sunday. Fani Mura was attacked by an elephant when he was working at a brick kiln at Kutidi in Jhalda.
“It was a residential elephant, which moves in Jhalda and adjoining Kotshila area. We will try to arrange compensation for the family of the victim at the earliest,” said Amiyabikash Pal, the forester of Jhalda area.
Tunubala Mura, the wife of the deceased, had asked him not to venture out in the morning. However, her husband turned a deaf ear to her warnings. “He told me that this lockdown will continue and we will face problem if we do not have some money. He went out for money, and lost his life,” she grieved.
In the region of Jangalmahal, consisting of Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram and West Midnapore districts, more than 150 elephants were also found to be roaming freely. The elephants come from Dalma range of Jharkhand and are now staying for about nine to 10 months in the region. There are some residential elephants also.
More than 35 people die due to elephant attack every year in this region. Besides, agricultural crops as well as mud houses also get damaged due to the elephants.