Rajasthan: 65-year-old falls off safari Gypsy in Ranthambore, hurt | Jaipur News


JAIPUR: An evening jungle safari on Saturday at Ranthambore National Park (RNP) turned into a horror trip for a tourist family from Siliguri when a person fell from a moving Gypsy in Zone-3 due to alleged rash driving. 65-year-old Kishalay Dutta sustained grievous injuries on his head and spinal cord after he lost balance and fell from the vehicle when the driver reversed recklessly at a high speed.
The incident could have become graver for Dutta as he had fallen between other moving safari vehicles which were all taking U-turns at high speed to see a tiger which was merely 40 metres away. In his written complaint (a copy of which is with TOI), Abhro Gupta, son-in-law of the victim, said, “I came to Ranthambore with a lot of expectation. However, because of the rash driving the entire experience went for a toss. My father-in-law fell from the jeep at the time of the tiger sighting. All the jeep drivers were competing with each other on who will see the tiger first.”
“The moment there is a movement of a tiger, they reverse their vehicles at high speed and follow the tiger. My father-in-law fell from the jeep in this process, when he was trying to view the tiger.”
Gupta withdraws complaint on plea of driver and guide
Abhro Gupta not only had a nightmarish experience, but also faced a financial setback.
Speaking to TOI, he said, “We had booked a two-day safari and hotel. After the incident, it is nearly impossible to go for a safari. We will go to Delhi AIIMS for a check-up and from there take a flight to Bagdogra after cancelling the train tickets. We are at loss of all sorts.”
Though Gupta withdrew his complaint on the plea of the driver and nature guide, the incident has exposed the monitoring measures of the forest department.
“It’s high time the forest department reviewed the roster system which inbreeds incompetence. It is a service industry and the security and safety of clients should be the utmost priority. Also, strict rules should be enforced,” a source said.
Meanwhile, the department has banned the vehicle till further orders. Ranthambore DFO Sangram Singh said, “We are investigating the matter and the driver and the vehicle are banned till the probe is completed.”





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