Three mem­bers of fam­ily at­tacked by wild ele­phant


Galkiriyagama Po­lice said that a cou­ple and their grand daugh­ter were ad­mit­ted to the Anu­rad­ha­pura Hos­pi­tal due to se­ri­ous in­juries sus­tained in an ele­phant at­tack while trav­el­ling in their tr­ishaw on Satur­day at Karawila­gala in Galkiriyagama.

The po­lice said that the three fam­ily mem­bers who sus­tained in­juries were the res­i­dents of Karawila­gala iden­ti­fied as D. M. Ekanayaka (60) Sir­ima Iran­gani (55) and their grand­daugh­ter (3).

They were re­turn­ing to their daugh­ter’s house in Avukana when the ele­phants had sud­denly charged at the tr­ishaw ac­cord­ing to the vil­lagers. They were taken to the Galkiriyagama Po­lice, a po­lice spokesman said.

The vil­lagers said their main liveli­hood was farm­ing and they had been at­tacked by the wild ele­phants since sev­eral years. Some had been killed while some oth­ers had been dis­abled due to the at­tacks. They re­quested the au­thor­i­ties to find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem im­me­di­ately. They re­quested the au­thor­i­ties to bring it to the at­ten­tion of the present Wild Life Min­is­ter as their re­quests had fallen on deaf ears of the po­lit­i­cal au­thor­ity in the past.

The vil­lagers said that they would launch a strug­gle in the fu­ture if no quick so­lu­tion was found to this prob­lem.

The peo­ple who es­caped from the at­tacks of the ele­phants nar­rated their ex­pe­ri­ence about the at­tacks and one woman said that she had es­caped death de­spite fall­ing un­der the belly of an ele­phant.

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