After tiger kills man, Uttar Pradesh villagers threaten forest staff

February 19th, 2009 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Feb 19 (IANS) Hundreds of villagers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district are up in arms against forest officials who have failed to catch a man-eating tiger that claimed its fifth prey Thursday.
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) K.K. Singh told IANS by phone that residents of Kaanp-Tanda village, adjoining the Dudhwa National Park, snatched the rifles of forest officials who were on a combing operation and threatened to attack them after the tiger killed a 55-year-old man in the hamlet arond 3 a.m.

Dudhwa, the country’s second largest tiger reserve, has 106 tigers as per the official census undertaken last year. The man-eater strayed out of the sanctuary limits and has been on the prowl in human habitations for over a month now.

“We have been watching the lethargic attitude of forest officials for several days. Whenever such an incident takes place, they start combing operations but take no concrete steps. We will attack them if they fail to catch the tiger by tomorrow,” said Ram Lakhan Singh, a Kaanp-Tanda resident.

“We are trying our best to pacify the villagers and trap the tiger. We have also deployed two elephants to speed up the process,” said K.K. Singh.

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