An elderly person was killed and four others of his family were injured when a swarm of honeybees attacked them in an agricultural field in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh district on Monday afternoon.
The injured were immediately rushed to the Damoh district hospital..
Narrating the incident, the injured villagers said their two elderly relatives, 90-year-old Puran Patel and his 85-year-old wife Binia Bai, were working in their field at Hindoriya village, around 250 kms northeast of the state capital Bhopal.
In the afternoon around 2:30pm, the duo returned to their dwelling at the field for lunch, they said, adding, as soon as Binia Bai lit a fire to cook food, honeybees, ensconced in a beehive on a nearby tree, stirred by the smoke bellowing out of the hearth, attacked them.
Hearing the elderly couples’ cries, other relatives rushed to help them. But they too were stung by the bees.
After sometime when the bees left, they found Puran Patel lying dead on the spot. Binia Bai, Dhaniram (65), Nathuram (45) Nandu (35) and Hallu (28) were injured.
Condition of Binia Bai is stated to be grave, hospital sources said.