Jan 30, 2014
BAREILLY: A tigress, which has been on the prowl in the districts of western Uttar Pradesh for almost a month, mauled a farmer to death on Sunday night, its eight victim in less than a month. Devendra Saini (35), a farmer, was working in his field in Badhapur village of Bijnor when the tigress attacked him. His wife, Suman, told officials that the tigress dragged Devendra to the nearby forest before it killed him. The elusive cat made Vijay Singh (20), a farmer in Moradabad district, its first target on December 29 after it strayed into human habitation possibly from Amangarh forest. Since then, the tigress has killed seven people in Bijnor and Moradabad districts of western Uttar Pradesh and one in Uttarakhand’s Kalagarh. BC Brahma, divisional forest officer of Moradabad division, told TOI that the maneater’s tactic so far has been to hide itself in the cane fields before it went for the kill. “At present, the tigress is moving near Badhapur village of Bijnor,” said Kamlesh Kumar, forest conservator of the Moradabad division. The forest officials have declared the tigress as a maneater and six shooters have been deployed for its killing. The department has also placed baits and cages at several places in the region. However, the sub-divisional officer of Bijnor division Salil Shukla says it has been difficult for the shooters to kill the cat as she hides in the sugarcane fields during the day. “Nearly 90% of the region is covered with sugarcane crop and hence, it is extremely difficult to tranquilize or shoot her,” said Shukla.
As posted in timesofindia.indiatimes.com