Madurai: Grieving relatives of a dead 80-year-old had a tough time when a swarm of bees suddenly attacked them at a burial site in Madurai, prompting police and fire officials to intervene.
The bees appeared from nowhere and launched an attack on those who had converged there, forcing them to run for cover leaving behind the mortal remains of the 80 year-old woman near the burial pit, police said today.
Officials at Thirumangalam Town police station said it was suspected that the smoke emanating from the incense sticks possibly brought by the relatives could have 'irritated' the bees that swarmed from nowhere, before stinging those around.
A police team from the station and Fire and Rescue services personnel immediately reached the spot, with the latter using fire torches to drive the insects away.
Later, the deceased was buried, they said.
A couple of persons sustained injuries in the incident that occurred yesterday and were treated at a local hospital, they added.
An inspection of the nearby trees revealed that there were no beehives but it was suspected that the bees could have been possibly hiding in holes in tree trunks, police said.