Haridwar/Nainital: A woman was trampled to death while another was left injured after a wild elephant attacked them in Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) on Sunday. The incident took place early in the morning when the two women went inside the RTR limits to collect firewood.
The deceased has been identified as Fatima, 45, a resident of Bandarjhud village. Israna, 30, who hails from the same village, was rushed to the local hospital by the forest guards after the attack. Her condition was also said to be critical.
Speaking to TOI, Jawala Prasad, range officer Dholkhand range, said, “Human activities are banned in the reserve but locals often intrude in the forest area for collecting firewood. We have asked the villagers to not enter the premises to avoid man-animal conflict. The body has been handed over to police. We are also pursuing action under the Wildlife Act in this matter.”
Meanwhile, panic triggered among the tourists in Jhirna zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve in Nainital, after a tusker attacked a safari gypsy full of tourists on Sunday. A video of the incident that soon went viral shows the tusker pushing the vehicle and the fear-struck tourists running helter-skelter.
The jumbo had got infuriated after tourists came too close to it in order to click pictures. Rahul, director of the CTR said, “Primary reports suggest that the tourists flouted norms by getting too close to the animal. I have ordered the concerned authorities to file an inquiry report of the incident within three days.”
Notably, the rules of the safari forbid tourists venturing into the reserve from getting near the animals or stepping down from their vehicle.