Incident occurred in Mandal range of the Kalagarh forest range of Ramnagar
A school teacher was killed when an elephant attacked a passenger bus in Ramnagar of Nainital district on Saturday. A bus of Kumaon Motor Owners Union (KMOU) was on its way to Bageshwar from Ramnagar on Saturday early morning. A tusker confronted the bus in Kath ki Nav village in Mandal range of the Kalagarh forest range. According to the eye witnesses, the driver tried to sped away from the pachyderm but it attacked the bus and broke its windscreen in the process. The elephant in search of food inside the bus also struck one Girish Chand Pandey with its trunk. Pandey sustained injuries in the attack and died on way to the hospital. The other passengers of the bus ran to safety while the Tusker was damaging the bus.
The deceased was a Sanskrit teacher at GIC Inter College Salt. Incidentally the menace of elephant attack on the vehicles in the areas is old one. In recent times three vehicles have faced the fury of elephants. On hearing about the incident large number of teachers and other members of the society gathered at Ramnagar hospital where body of Pandey was kept. The BJP leader Ganesh Rawat said that the forest department should catch the elephant so that lives of people is saved. He warned that the residents of the area would be forced to start an agitation if the animal is not caught.
In the hospital the Park Director, Rahul had to face the ire of relatives and teachers. The director assured them that the search teams of the forest department would keep an eye on the activities of the elephant and it be tranquilised, radio collared and sent to other area.
Sunday, 01 December 2019 | PNS | Ramnagar
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