Tigress ‘Sundari’ mauls man to death in Angul village

Angul: Translocated Royal Bengal tigress ‘Sundari’ today allegedly attacked and killed a man at Tainsi village in Satkosia area of Angul district today.

The victim who fall prey to the predator attack this time has been identified as Trinath Sahu (60) of the same village.

As per the locals, Sahu had gone to a nearby place for fishing and was on his way when the tigress pounced on him and dragged into the deep forest.

Tension ran high in the village which was already rattled by the presence of the tigress nearby following the incident. Angry locals reportedly detained and beaten up the concerned Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) who visited the spot to take stock of the situation later in the morning.

It may be recalled here that, ‘Sundari’ had allegedly mauled a 35-year-old woman to death at Hatibari village on September 12 when she was taking bath in a pond near the forest. The incident led to violence as the villagers demanded the relocation of the wild cat. Angry over the death, the locals had set afire the forest beat house at Hatibari and the forest department’s range office at Tikarpada. They also torched five boats of the forest department.

Later, the post-mortem report of the deceased woman revealed that the death was due to asphyxia and wounds caused by wild animal bite.

Notably, controversy surrounded ‘Sundari’ ever since she was translocated from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh on June 28 and released into Satkosia Tiger Reserve from special enclosure on August 17 this year. It was alleged that the animal mauled a 35-year-old woman to death at Hatibari village on September 12, when she was taking bath in a pond. The incident led to widespread violence in the nearby villages of the Satkosia forest in demand of the relocation of Sundari.

Also Read: Tigress ‘Sundari’ released into Satkosia Tiger Reserve

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