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Farmer, 55, succumbs to a jumbo attack

Dehradun: A 55-years-old farmer who was severely injured in a jumbo attack on Sunday in the Peeli Padav area of Laldhang has succumbed to his injuries. Malkeet Singh was returning home with three other friends on two bikes when suddenly a herd of elephants charged toward them.
Market's friends who were with him, jumped into a nearby canal to save their lives. He was going from Laaldhang to Shyampur to procure fertilizer for farming with his friends when the incident happened. Market was rushed to a hospital by forest staff on duty and then sent to the district hospital, but he couldn't survive.
The ranger at Shyampur Yashpal Rathore said, "Elephants stray in search of water to the nearest water source and this is one such incident. In this case, the herd had calves. The cow elephant must have felt insecure and threatened by the humans and landed up trampling Malkeet. We are trying our best to provide an ex-gratia amount to the family," The incident took place in Sajjanpur beat of Shyampur forest range which shares boundary with Rajaji Tiger Reserve and has a significant number of wildlife in that zone.
On Monday, the forest staff attended the cremation of Malkeet and went to meet the family members. In a similar incident in February this year, a seer was trampled to death by an elephant while his friend sustained injuries in an attack that took place in the Gohri range forest of Rajaji National Park.

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