Jamshedpur, Nov. 26: In a shocking case of negligence a six-year-old child was seriously injured as a cracker burst at his house at Chilgu village under Chandilpolice station area in Seraikela-Kharsawan district.
The cracker that went off had been given by forest department officials to the people of Chilgu village for driving away herd of wild elephants.
The child, PavanKalindi has sustained injury in his face and has been admitted at the MGM Medical College and Hospital.
” Weare providing the best care to the victim. The child has sustained grievous injury caused by the explosion of the cracker from close range,” a doctor.
The incident took place under Chandil range of the forest department which falls under Seraikela forest division.
” Yes we have provide crackers among villagers. A herd of elephants had anchored at Chilgu, leading the local people to contact us for a remedy. We had provided crackers to the people so that they could burst it to prevent the wild elephants from entering into their home,” said a forest official.
He said that the information about the incident of the child getting injured due to the cracker busting did not reach them as the parents might have directly rushed him to hospital.
Forests department has issued alert as elephants are returning to their home in Dalma after spending over seven months in the jungles of West Midnapore and Bankura in neighbouring Bengal. Presently, the elephants, including calves, are stationed at Aamdapahari, Jamdih and Jhunjka, the three jungles in the fringes of the sanctuary. The forest range office in Mango has alerted the villagers about the returning animals. Crackers have been distributed among the villagers and village youths employed as daily wagers to keep a watch on elephants and other animals put on high alert.