Resort where elephant trampled woman to death had not taken safety measures: Kerala Tourism minister

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A 26-year old woman died following an attack by a wild elephant at a resort in Wayanad in Kerala on Saturday night.

 

After a woman tourist from Kerala was trampled to death by a wild elephant at a resort near Meppadi in Wayanad district, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that the resort had not taken any necessary safety precautions.

"The Wayanad District Collector and Tourism Department officials visited the spot. Preliminary inspection revealed that the company was operating tents close to the forest and had not taken any necessary safety precautions”, Kadakampally Surendran said.

“The company did not have the license of Meppadi panchayat. A stop-memo has been issued to the company which has made a serious mistake in taking security precautions," said Tourism Minister.

"The guideline will soon be released for outdoor stays, including tents, based on this tragic incident. The Adventure Tourism Promotion Society has been instructed to do so. In addition to the existing norms, this guideline will also be mandatory for such activities," he added.

A 26-year old woman died following an attack by a wild elephant at a resort in Wayanad in Kerala on Saturday night.

According to police, Shahana, a college lecturer hailing from Kannur, after hearing the trumpeting of an elephant ran and was trampled to death by a wild elephant that chased her. Though she was rushed to nearby hospital she was declared died.

The incident took place at a resort close to the forest areas near Meppadi, about 10 kilometres from Kalpetta town.

The victim was part of a group of tourists from a private college in Kannur. She was staying in one of the tents being operated by the private resort near the forest area, along with two family members when the incident happened.

As per the post-mortem report, there was a serious injury to the internal organs. The initial conclusion of the postmortem was that the elephant trampled in the chest. 

 

With inputs from Agency

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