Junnar, 25th March 2023: Eleven tourists from Mumbai who were visiting the Bhutleni group caves in the Manmodi mountains near Junnar were attacked by bees on Saturday afternoon.
The tourists, who had come from Mulund, Dombivli, and Nerul, were shining their mobile phone flashlights while looking at the caves when the bees suddenly attacked. As a result, the tourists fled, leaving behind their belongings and mobile phones. Five tourists have been seriously injured in the incident.
The injured tourists were taken to the rural hospital by Prashant Kabadi of Junnar in his ambulance. Forest guards Ramesh Kharmale, Tejas Shinde, Rishikesh Gadve, Bharat Chilap, and Deepak Sangade assisted in retrieving the tourists’ belongings from the cave and providing primary treatment to the injured.
Out of the eleven injured tourists, five have been admitted to a private hospital at Narayangaon for further treatment. The injured tourists have been identified as Pushpanvati Kamble, Priyadarshan Kamble, Aarti Waghmare, Suvarna Kamble, and Pandit Thorat.
This incident highlights the need for tourists to be aware of their surroundings and take precautions while visiting natural areas. Forest officials have advised visitors to avoid shining flashlights or making loud noises, as these can disturb the natural habitat and provoke wild animals or insects.