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Siliguri: The state government has increased the compensation for people killed by wild animals, including elephants, by over 60 per cent.

According to state forest minister Binay Krishna Barman, earlier the family of a wild animal raid deceased used to get Rs 2.5-lakh. Now, it has been increased to Rs 4-lakh.

Similarly, for 60 per cent and above disability caused by animal raids has been increased to Rs 2-lakh, and for 40-60 per cent disability Rs 59,100. In case of hospitalisation over a week, an injured will now get Rs 12,700 and for less than a week Rs 4,300.

The forest department has issued a formal notification on 29 October listing the revised compensation, Barman added.

The move will be of much help to the people living near the forests in north Bengal and Bankura where wild elephants often raid households and kill people.

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