Alipurduar : Incident of death in wild elephants attack has increased in Dooars. Last Saturday, one person died in a wild elephant attack. The death of a man in a wild elephant attack has caused a stir in Mendabari. The area comes under Mendabari Gram Panchayat in Kalchini block in Alipurduar district of West Bengal.
According to police and local sources, Sujan Karji, a resident of Mandalpara village in Satali, went to a family function at Uttar Mendabari forest on Friday night. He left at night but did not return home. The villagers informed the police and forest department on Saturday morning when they saw his body lying on the side of the village road.
Police from Nimti outpost under Kalchini police station and forest workers from Mendabari bit under Chilapata range of Jaldapara wildlife department reached the spot. Police recovered the body of the deceased. According to the police, deceased Sujan may had fell in front of the wild elephant in the dark of night. The police believed that the old man died on the spot.
Krishna Basumata, a resident of the village and Alipurduar district general secretary of the Trinamool Kisan Cell, said, “We are demanding the forest department to provide fencing at the forest boundary adjacent to the village.” With fencing, wild elephants will not be able to enter the village easily. I will also demand government compensation money for the family of the deceased and a job as a home guard for a member of the family of the deceased.
Kalchini Police Station OC Anirban Majumder said the body was recovered and sent to Alipurduar District Hospital for autopsy. Police have launched an investigation into the incident by filing a case of unnatural death. Taraknath Roy, bit officer of the forest department’s Mendabari bit, said efforts were being made to pay compensation to the family of the deceased as soon as possible.