A camel bit a 45-year-old man on his head leading to his death and also injured its caretaker in Ahmedabad's Bapunagar area in Gujarat.
The incident occurred when Govind Trivedi was walking past the animal. It also attacked its caretaker Phoola Mena when he tried to save Trivedi. He was then taken to a civil hospital by the police.
"Govind Trivedi (45) was walking near Jamunanagar slum in Bapunagar area of the city late Sunday night when a camel tied there bit him on his head. After brief treatment, the man died today (Monday)," PTI quoted Bapunagar police station's Inspector PD Parmar as saying.
Eye-witness Kalidas Waghela, who stays nearby where the camel is usually tied, said: "On Sunday night, Trivedi strayed near the camel on his way home. The camel got irritated and attacked Trivedi, fixing its jaws on Trivedi's head."
Mena woke up after hearing Trivedi's cries but the camel refused to let him go. In the meantime, locals rushed to the spot and let loose their anger on caretaker Mena. "Local thrashed me for the act of a beast which does not have power to think," he said.
The police have registered a case of accidental death and started investigating the incident, including negligence on the owner's part.
"We are probing the incident. If any negligence is found on part of camel owner Lalsingh, an offence under section 304 of IPC will be registered," The Times of India quoted Parmar as saying.
Rajput used to tie his camel on a footpath on Bapunagar's Poultry farm road and its caretaker, Mena, would stay back with it.