STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Stung by a swarm of bees, kin flee leaving dead body behind

Attack began during final rites; 48 treated at GH; four have no major wounds

Published: 29th November 2017 02:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th November 2017 07:29 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

MADURAI:Struck by grief and with swollen eyes, they were about to pay last respects to the departed soul when some ‘uninvited guests’ shooed them away. And, they were left with no other option, but to run for their life, leaving the corpse behind.

The uninvited guests at the funeral were none other than a swarm of bees. Over 50 people had gathered at a burial ground in Ooranda Urapanur village near Tirumangalam on Tuesday to perform the last rights of Pachaiammal (80). She fell ill ten days ago and passed away on Monday.

The body of the deceased was placed just near the burial pit that was dug for her and the rituals had started. This was the moment when everything went out of control. A swarm of bees from nowhere attacked the group leaving the grieving relatives run away from the spot leaving the corpse behind.

Sources said, the burial ground was closer to an area covered by trees. While they were about to bury the corpse, the mountain bees, around 1,000 in number flew towards the group. The bees chased the people away and stung over 40 people.

Amidst the chaos, fire and rescue services personnel and Tirumangalam taluk police were informed. “We cannot figure out from where the bees came, as there was no beehive anywhere near the burial grounds,” said a fire and rescue service personnel.  

Later, the personnel after covering themselves from head to toe, armed with fire torches and bunch of neem leaves to chase away the bees, helped Selvaraj, the son of the deceased, finally lay the corpse in the pit at the burial ground. As many as 48 people, received treatment at Tirumangalam Government Hospital for bee sting. Four persons have been identified as the ones with no major wounds.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp