Straying tiger injures two more in Nagaon
Nagaon, Nov. 21: A tiger which had strayed out of the Orang National Park, injured two more persons at Raha in Nagaon district this morning, taking the number of victims wounded by the animal to nine.
The tiger, which had moved along the banks of the Kopili river over the past six days, has sparked panic among the people of the district. The tiger moved towards Phuloguri Digholdori area as the forest department officials and villagers attempted to resist its movement in the Raha area this evening.
A forest department source said that a tiger, roaming freely in the area, was detected on November 17 when villagers of Soragaon and Kotohguri found remains of three cows killed by the tiger.
“Later it swam across the Kopili and reached Kampur. Thereafter, seven persons were injured after the stray animal pounced on them in Dharmukh Sengajan area.
A forest department team, along with experts from the Kaziranga National Park, rushed to the spot to get hold of the tiger through tranquillisers. “The attempt failed as it crossed the river again,” said Nagaon divisional forest officer Aftab Uddin Ahmed.
After keeping the animal confined to a nearby jungle, there was still no respite as the tiger resurfaced again this morning and killed a calf at Raha Meteka.
Two villagers of Dighaldori — Bhuban Das, 30 and Durlav Das, 42 were critically injured when they went out in search of the calf.Thousands of people from the neighbouring areas rushed to the area after the news about the sighting of the stray tiger spread.
A forest department source said that the curiosity of the villagers and their attempt to trace the tiger have made it difficult for the department to try and track it down.
When the tiger entered a sugarcane field, the people tried to kill it instead of informing the department, the source said, adding that such moves were leading to tragic consequences.