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Bull on attack spree killed

Balurghat, Nov. 30: A bull that ran amok in Kushmandi for over 17 hours injured at least six persons between Wednesday evening and yesterday afternoon. The “mad” animal was killed today in the presence of the local block development officer and police.

The animal was first seen near Kushmandi, 70km from here, around 6pm on Wednesday.

The bull attacked a man on a bicycle at the local market. He suffered injuries on the knees. Around 7.30pm, a woman was butted by the bull near the Old State Bank Para. The 45-year-old suffered injuries in the head, waist, hands and legs. She was taken to the Kushmandi block hospital and released after first-aid.

Although the animal was not seen later on Wednesday, the bull injured Jafar Ali Mandal, the headmaster of Makiko High School, early morning yesterday. The 55-year-old, who was out on a morning walk, was taken by surprise when the bull targeted him. Mandal raised the alarm when he started bleeding from the head. He was rushed to the the block hospital and later shifted to the Malda Medical College and Hospital. He received 10 stitches on his head.

At 11am yesterday, a crowd gathered at the Kushmandi intersection to have a look at the animal. Seeing the people, the bull started running and traffic on the Balurghat-Raiganj state highway was disrupted for almost an hour.

“I contacted the local forest office and was told that the officers were not equipped to capture it,” said Kushmandi block development officer Oangdi Galop Bhutia. He then contacted a doctor at the local government veterinary hospital.

“He said the animal had gone mad. We found the bull owner and he gave us permission to kill it. Around 50 local people helped us catch the bull with ropes,” said the BDO.

Santosh Bhowmik, a Congress leader at the local panchayat samiti, and two others were injured while trying to capture the animal. The bull was later tied to a tree and tranquillised. “Another injection was given to kill it,” said the BDO.