Tuesday, July 07, 2009

4 tigers beaten to death in two years in Satkhira

4 tigers beaten to death in two years in Satkhira

July 7, 2009
Our Correspondent, Satkhira

A Royal Bengal tiger entered the locality of Khalishabunia area from the nearby world's largest mangrove forest Sunderbans, the home of the Royal Bengal tigers through crossing the river on Thursday last.

As the tiger enter the locality, the people deserted their homes and fled to safer places. At one stage, the villagers united and attempted to send the tiger to forest areas, but the tiger took shelter in a small water body, instead of going back to the Sunderbans.

The villagers in presence of the officials of the forest department beaten to death. Later four villagers were arrested in charges of killing the tiger. The tigers entered the locality very often after the cyclone Sird hit the costal district in November 2007 from the nearby Sunderbans. They are killing cattle, goat and human.

Earlier in May, 2007 a tiger entered the Kadamtola area of Syamnagar upazila of Satkhira district and killed four persons. The angry villagers, then beaten to death the tiger. After Sidr and Aila, the tigers often entered the locality and as a result the people of the area become scared.

Besides, the fishermen, honey and wood collectors are very often are being killed by the tigers. As the tigers were very active, the people of the upazila passing days amid fear. During the last two years, four tigers were killed during the last two years in the Bagerhat and Satkhira districts closed to the mangrove forest, home of about 300 tigers, according to joint survey by Bangladesh and India a few years ago.

http://nation.ittefaq.com/issues/2009/07/07/news0179.htm

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