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11 people injured in jackal attack

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Government to offer compensation to victims, foot medical bills

Close shave:Ramachandra Doddamani of Hosalli village in Chincholi taluk, who was injured in an attack by a jackal, recovering in a hospital in Gulbarga on Saturday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni
Close shave:Ramachandra Doddamani of Hosalli village in Chincholi taluk, who was injured in an attack by a jackal, recovering in a hospital in Gulbarga on Saturday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni

At least 11 people were injured, three of them seriously, in an attack by a jackal in Chincholi taluk of Gulbarga district.

Ramachandra Doddamani (65), Siddamma Malagi (55) and Rajkumar Telikeri (18) of Hosalli village suffered serious injuries to the face and body, and have been admitted to the Government General Hospital here. The others were treated at the taluk hospital at Chincholi.

The animal attacked people in three villages — Hosalli, Dastapur and Chinmayidlai — on Friday.

The same evening, village residents at Hosalli reportedly stoned to death another jackal, which tried to attack a dog.

Conservator of Forests Radhabai confirmed the attack and said the animals might have strayed into the villages in search of water, panicked and attacked humans. She ruled out the possibility of the animals being rabid.

First time

Mr. Doddamani, Ms. Malagi and Mr. Telikeri told presspersons at the Government General Hospital here on Saturday that this was the first time that the jackals had attacked people.

“It is common to see the jackals in our fields. They have never caused harm to anybody and they have never attacked cattle or domestic animals,” said Mr. Doddamani, who was attacked by the animal while he attempted to chase it away from his grandson.

Ms. Malagi said the jackal entered her house and pounced on her when she was cooking. Ms. Radhabai, however, said she had no information about the animal entering houses.

The victims said the jackals in the villages should be chased to the nearby forests to enable people to live without fear.

Precautions

Ms. Radhabai told The Hindu that teams of forest guards had been sent to the villages to prevent any further attacks and also drive the animals back into the forests.

The injured would be given compensation and the Government would bear their medical expenses, she said.

Panther attack

Ms. Radhabai said the Forest Department paid compensation of Rs. 10,000 to 12-year-old Vinod Chavan, who was allegedly attacked by a panther in the reserve forest area adjacent to Mungi tanda of Chitapur taluk in the district on Thursday.

Forest officials have placed a gage with live bait in the forest to trap the animal, she said.

The boy is recovering at the Basaveshwar Teaching and General Hospital here.


  • Forest guards sent to drive the wild animals back into the forests

  • Village residents reportedly stoned to death the jackal that attacked a dog



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