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Jumbo kills youth in Dalma

Jamshedpur, June 27: A 27-year-old sabar (a primitive tribe) youth was trampled to death by an elephant in the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary late on Thursday night.

Ajit Sabar, a resident of Pagda, was returning home from Lailam village in Bodam —about 35km from Jamshedpur — when fell in front of a herd of elephants around 11pm. A woman, who was accompanying the youth, however, escaped the attack.

According to Dalma forester Dinesh Kumar, Ajit used to work at a hooch den at Lailam and had taken the elephant corridor while returning home. “The victim was heavily drunk and must have failed to spot the herd. He was attacked by one of the elephants,” he said.

The forester said Sagir, the woman who was accompanying the victim, tried to pull Ajit away from the elephant corridor but in vain. Most of the elephants, who returned from West Midnapore and Bankura jungles in Bengal earlier this month, are currently stationed at a jungle between Lailam and Gobarghusi.

The Dalma range office handed over a sum of Rs 20,000 as immediate compensation to Nand Sabar, the father of the deceased. “Another Rs 1,80,000 will be given to the family after the autopsy and police reports,” Kumar added.

Officer in-charge of Bodam police station Binod Kumar Singh said the youth’s body was handed over to the family members after the post-mortem on Friday. “The victim died on the spot after being attacked by an elephant,” he added.

Lailam mukhia Sushil Singh said illegal hooch dens had mushroomed and people were falling prey to drinking.

“The youth also worked at one of these illegal hooch dens. He always remained inebriated. I have urged the Bodam OC to take strict action against illegal hooch den operators,” he said.