Sloth bears kill soldier, injure another in Kota

The mauled body of 19-year old army jawan Surendra Singh Garhwal was found on Monday evening from a gorge on the banks of Chambal River in Shambupura area.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2018 14:46 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Kota (Rajasthan)
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Forests in the Chambal region are home to sloth bears, hyenas and leopards. (Shutterstock)

Sloth bears attacked two army personnel on the banks of the Chambal River in the district, leaving one of them dead and another injured, the police said on Tuesday.

The mauled body of 19-year old army jawan Surendra Singh Garhwal was found on Monday evening from a gorge on the banks of Chambal River in Shambupura area, Circle-in-charge of Kunhari Police Station Muninendra Singh said.

An army camp is being held on the banks of the Chambal River in Shabhupura area of the city.

The incident happened when the army man along with another colleague was walking towards the river after a firing practice.

Singh, who belonged to the Garhwal Rifles, was severely wounded in the attack while his colleague managed to escape and informed senior army officials, the police said.

A joint rescue operation was launched by the army and police personnel and the body was found around 5.30 pm on Monday.

Wounds on the body suggest that the jawan probably fell into the gorge while trying to escape from the clutches of the sloth bears, police said.

The body of the jawan, hailing from Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, was handed over to army officials after postmortem at the Maharao Bhim Singh (MBS) Hospital, he added.

A case has been registered and further investigation is underway.

Forests in the Chambal region are home to sloth bears, hyenas and leopards.

First Published: Jul 17, 2018 14:46 IST