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Boy buried by jumbo saved

Alipurduar, May 27: A tusker heading a 40-member herd lifted a 17-year-old boy by the trunk and flung him on the ground and covered him with earth along with other elephants assuming that he was dead in a village on the fringe of Jaldapara forest this morning.

As soon as the herd returned to the forest, the villagers rushed out of their homes and extricated Kamal Sharma from the mound of earth, only to find that he was alive. Kamal, who appeared for Class XII exams, is undergoing treatment in North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri.

The incident happened around 5am at Purbo Khayerbari in Madarihat block. Kamal’s brother Sanjeev Sharma said the boy had gone out of the house to relieve himself.

“A tusker that led the herd lifted Kamal by its trunk. As we all watched in horror, the elephant moved a few steps forward and hurled him on the ground. Kamal became unconscious and assuming that he was dead, all members of the herd dug out the earth and covered him in a heap of mud,” said Sanjeev.

He said the villagers were helpless. “The herd didn’t move an inch away though we burst crackers. The moment the elephants left the spot, we ran out of our homes and rushed towards Kamal. We removed the mud and found that he was alive,” said Sanjeev.

The boy was first rushed to the Birpara State General Hospital and later to the NBMCH.

Sabyasachi Das, the superintendent of the NBMCH, said Kamal had suffered an injury on the head and multiple fractures on the left leg. “He has to be operated on for the fractures,” said Das.