Tiger mauls another woman to death
Vijay Pinjarkar & Mazhar Ali,
TNN 29 December 2009, 04:18am IST
The incident took place in compartment No. 233 of Shivni beat on Monday morning. The victim, identified as Drupadabai Hatwru Mankar (60), a resident of Shivni, had gone to collect firewood in the morning but did not return. Worried over this, Drupadabai's son raised an alarm and with the help of villagers and foresters searched the adjoining forests and traced the body around 5 pm.
RFO BP Bramhne said, "As the victim woman did not return home till late in afternoon, her family members went into the jungle to search her. Soon they found the body of the victim in compartment No. 283 and informed the forest officials."
Praveen Chavan, deputy conservator of forests (DyCF) for Chandrapur Division, confirmed it to be a handiwork of tiger. "We've enough evidence about presence of a resident tiger in Shivni range. Camera traps have even proved it. The body of Drupadabai was dragged a few metres and injury mark on the neck were that of a tiger. The animal had not eaten any body part," Chavan told TOI.
Forest officials have reached the spot to conduct a panchnama. The post-mortem on Drupadabai will be conducted on Tuesday.
Speaking to TOI, RS Yadav, conservator of forests (CF) for North Chandrapur Forest Circle (NCFC), said, "We have already displayed sign boards warning people about presence of tigers in the area. Still, people move deep into the forests to collect firewood. We have also informed the gram panchayat about it and 'dawandi' (alerting people by beating of drums) is also done."
Bramhne further informed that necessary ex-gratia amount had been paid to the kin of deceased for funeral rites, while the actual compensation amount would be provided after necessary formalities.
This is the third incident of man-animal conflict in the past 10 days. On December 19, a woman Sharda Rajanhire (30) of Kewada Peth village was killed by a tiger in Pendhri beat of Sindewahi range. On December 26, a farmer Patru Nannawre from Mane Mohali village in Palasgaon Forest Range in Chimur tehsil was injured by a tiger when he was guarding his farm. In the past five years since January 2005, 56 persons have been killed by carnivores in Chandrapur district alone.
Note: same incident as post: "Tiger kills 60-year-old woman in Chandrapur"