Ankit Dey

A 16-year-old boy was seriously injured on Sunday when he was attacked by a wild jumbo while trying to click a selfie with the tusker at Digboi in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district.

The teenage boy identified as Ankit Dey, a resident of Muliabari, PNGB road in Digboi, has been admitted to Assam Medical College Hospital (AMCH), Dibrugarh in a critical condition.

Locals said Ankit, a class X student of Little Stars Senior Secondary School, Digboi, was attacked by a wild elephant around 2.30 pm when he along with his two friends went to Digboi Oil Field Area to click a selfie with the wild jumbo wandering in the area.

“Ankit went to one of the wild elephants to snap a moment with him. Getting intimidated, the tusker went violent and chased Ankit while he moved too close to click a selfie. The elephant charged at him and attacked him,” Soumin Debnath, a friend of Ankit, who accompanied him, told Northeast Now.

A little later on being informed, the security personnel who had allowed the boys earlier to get into the area, rushed to the spot and rescued him.

He was immediately taken to Digboi Civil Hospital for treatment and then to AOD Hospital but doctors referred him to AMCH in Dibrugarh for advanced treatment.

Doctors in AOD hospital said Ankit sustained multiple rib fractures and injuries on his head, chest and abdomen.

“He is in a semi conscious state and has been referred to AMCH for advanced treatment,” said an AOD doctor.


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