mauled by sloth bears in Chhattisgarh''s Koriya district, a
forest official said on Wednesday.
Manoj Singh, the deceased, was attacked by bears in
Nawapara locality of Chirmiri town, a hilly area surrounded by
forest, on Monday night, he said.
On hearing the cries of a bear cub that was entangled
in a barbed wire fence of a vegetable farm, Manoj went to
check when three or four adult bears attacked him, said forest
ranger Suryadev Singh.
Some people rushed to his help and chased the animals
Forest personnel rescued the bear cub and took Manoj
to a local community health centre and from there to
Baikunthpur district hospital where he died on Tuesday, Singh
His family will be provided Rs 25,000 as instant aid
while the remaining compensation of Rs 5.75 lakh will be given
after completing necessary formalities, the official added.
Also on Monday, an elderly man was trampled to death
by an elephant when he had gone to graze cattle in Pratappur
forest range of neighbouring Surajpur district, officials
The region is over 300 km away from the state capital
Raipur. PTI COR TKP