Sunday, July 15, 2007

Tiger mauls woman in Indian forest

14 Jul 2007, 0359 hrs IST,Mukund Deshmukh,UPI

CHANDRAPUR: A woman, who had gone into the forest to collect fire-wood, was killed by a tiger early on Friday morning, while another person was seriously injured in an attack by a wild cat—the third such incident within a week—on Friday morning in Chandrapur.

On July 7, a three-year-old was killed by a tiger in the Ordinance Factory premises, which is close to the Tadoba Andhari tiger reserve. Within a week, another was reported from Chirkada village in Sindewahi tehsil. Lalita Harshchandra Meshram (38) had gone to the forest to collect firewood when a tiger attacked her and killed her on spot.

In another incident, Ishwar Dongre (26), who had taken his cattle to graze in the forest near Chipra Kheda village in Brahmapuri tehsil, was attacked by a wild cat, leaving him seriously wounded. However, a buffalo attacked the tiger in panic, making the tiger to flee and Dongre was thus saved. Dongre is recuperating at the Brahmapuri rural hospital.

When contacted, deputy conservator of forest, Chandrapur, Chauhan, told TOI that following the incident, immediate relief in the form of Rs 2,000 was given to the relatives of the woman.

"We have somehow managed to make the necessary arrangements this time," he said. Deputy CF of Brahmapuri, Rushikesh Ranjan and conservator of South Chandrapur Circle, Yadav, were not available for comments.

Speaking to TOI, a senior official ruled out the possibility of the tiger becoming a man eater. All the three incidents have been reported from far-off distances. He said that these spots were too far to be within the range of a solitary tiger's territory. Tiger_mauls_woman/articleshow/2202809.cms

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