Sunday, July 27, 2008

32-yr-old fisherman mauled by tiger in Sunderban

32-yr-old fisherman mauled by tiger in Sunderban

Express News Service
Posted online: Monday , July 28, 2008 at 03:45:15
Updated: Monday , July 28, 2008 at 03:45:15

Kolkata, July 27 Once again, Sunderban recorded a tiger attack on Sunday and this time it was a fisherman.

A Royal Bengal tiger pounced on 32-year-old Putul Naskar, who was on his boat and dragged him into Benisiliforest of the Sunderbans, police said.

Naskar had gone into the forest to look for crabs.

Earlier, State Forest Minister Ananta Roy had expressed his concern over fishermen repeatedly venturing into the core area, which is a prohibited zone, and falling prey to tigers.

Fishing and all kinds of commercial activities are prohibited in the core area but a section of residents regularly breached the fencing.

The state government was encouraging pig-rearing by locals so that the animals could be released into the core area to maintain the food chain, while NGOs were being involved in raising public awareness against entering the core area.

On July 1, a villager in Kalashdwip had fallen prey to tiger attack after he had stepped into the creeks of Sunderbans for fishing.

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