The bison which was struck with a dart in the Samsing tea garden on Monday. Picture by Biplab Basak
Jalpaiguri, Nov. 22: Two persons were gored by a rampaging bison and two children were injured while fleeing the animal in a tea garden in Jalpaiguri district today. Later in the evening, the animal died from heart failure.
In another incident, an unidentified youth was apparently trampled to death by an elephant in a village near here.
The male adult bison which entered the Samsing tea garden around 7am gored two persons before being tranquillised by forest department’s wildlife squad and taken to the Gorumara National Park after almost six hours.
The sudden appearance of the bison created panic among the residents of the New School Line area of the garden. The animal kept running aimlessly after being chased by people from all sides.
According to garden workers, the bison had gored Indira Dorji, 32, and Ranjit Sonar, 41, when they had just come out of their quarters.
Two children, Prayas Tamang, 8, and Rita Dorji, 12, were injured when they fell into a ditch while trying to flee.
While three of them were released after first-aid, Indira had to be admitted to subdivisional hospital at Mal with serious injuries. The garden is 80km from Jalpaiguri.
The ranger of the wildlife squad at Khunia, Nripendranath Saha, said the bison had emerged from the forests at either Jhalyung or Champramari, located close to the estate.
“We had fired a tranquillising dart at the animal at 10am and again at 11.30am. But the animal didn’t fall and ultimately, a third dart immobilised the bull around noon,” he said.
The divisional forest officer of Jalpaiguri, Sumita Ghatak, had said earlier that bison usually suffered heart failures when they panicked at being chased by people.
“This was a huge bull and two darts had no effect on it. We have taken the bison in an unconscious condition to Gorumara and if it revives, we will keep it under observation and release it back in the wild,” she had said before the animal’s death.
The body of the unidentified youth, with the head smashed, was found near the Panjhora Busti adjacent to the Champramari forest this morning. “We have also found a mangled bicycle close to the body and there were elephant tracks all over the place. We suspect the youth was trampled to death by an elephant,” said Saha. Panjhora Busti is 30 km from Jalpaiguri.