Updated February 23rd, 2024 at 08:02 IST

'Enraged', Villagers Pelt Stones on Forest Officials After 1 Killed in Elephant Attack in MP

An elephant killed a person in the Gobri village of the Anuppur dist. Enraged over the death, the villagers pelted stones at the officials present at the spot.

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According to sources, an unidentified person also opened fire, leaving two villagers with gunshot injuries | Image:ANI
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Bhopal: Chaos prevailed in Madhya Pradesh after some forest officials were allegedly attacked by villagers following the death of a person in an elephant attack in Anuppur district, police said.

An elephant killed a person in the Gobri village of the Anuppur district in the state. Enraged over the death, the villagers pelted stones at the officials present at the spot.

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According to sources, an unidentified person also opened fire, leaving two villagers with gunshot injuries. They are being treated at Shahdol Medical College, while the injured police personnel are being treated at Anuppur District Hospital.

News agency ANI cited Shraddha Pandre (DFO, Annupur) as saying that the elephant had been roaming in the forest for many days. Meanwhile, the elephant attacked the people who came to drive it away. One person has died in this accident.

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"The angry villagers also attacked our caretakers, after which the police were called. We have also heard the news of a firing. Police will investigate this but we have not opened any fire because our guns are kept in the police station," she said.

According to Jitendra Singh Panwar, SP Annupur, that the police are taking cognizance of this incident, and the priority is to recover the body of the person killed in the incident.

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LL Uike (Chief Conservator of Forests, Bhandavgarh Forest) was quoted as saying, "For the last month, a group of three elephants was roaming in Annupur district and many incidents were happening. Tomorrow, after getting permission from above, the elephant will be tranquilized and shifted somewhere else."

Ashish Washisht, Collector of Annupur, said that there is a process to tranquilize wild animals for which we have to get permission from the Government of India. Tomorrow, we will do this rescue operation.

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DC Sagar (ADGP, Shahdol Zone) told ANI, "The incident is very sad. All the officials are taking action on this. That elephant is present there so we are not able to recover the body. Three people were injured in the firing and are undergoing treatment. To find out who did this firing, a SIT has been immediately formed, which will investigate it completely. If the police's fault is found, action will be taken."

(With ANI inputs)
 

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Published February 23rd, 2024 at 07:59 IST