May 24, 2016 7:30:14 am
A 75-year-old man was killed by a camel in Mangta of Gudamalani tehsil in Barmer district on Saturday.
“The camel had been roaming around since Saturday morning with its legs tied in a hobble. So, Urjaram Meghwal went to fetch the animal. But when he did not return home, we went looking for him,” said Urjaram’s cousin Pala Ram Meghwal, 55.
“We found the camel sitting on Urjaram after killing him. It had gored his face and arms,” said Thala Ram, a local villager.
“The camel had attacked people on two occasions earlier as well,” he added.
Vikas Kumar, SHO at Dhorimanna police station, said: “We have never heard of such cases. Last time I came across such a violent incident was about 30 years ago in Churu.”
Prof A K Gehlot, Vice Chancellor of Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bikaner, said that, “Camels are most adept at the weather. However, after prolonged exposure to heat and with hobble on its legs, the camel may have been annoyed. This may have prodded it to become violent. Alternatively, the animal may have been suffering from rabies.”
Meanwhile, Urjaram’s relatives are unhappy that they cannot kill the animal as the Rajasthan government had banned camel slaughter in the state in March last year.
“The camel took away Urjaram, who had three sons, four daughters and also several grandchildren. We want to kill it but we cannot. So we will sell the animal,” said Pala Ram.
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