A 46-year-old man was attacked by a crocodile at Bhopal's Kaliasot dam where he had gone for fishing on Tuesday. The crocodile bit his left leg, making deep puncturing wounds.
The victim has been identified as Kishori Lal, a resident of Bhoipura Budhwara, in old Bhopal.
According to Dr SM Aagaz, who treated him, Lal was brought to his clinic by his friend and was bleeding profusely.
"The crocodile put its six teeth into his leg and each wound was around three inches long. After 40 stitches and treatment, his bleeding stopped. Now he is recuperating but I have advised him to visit the clinic every day for dressing so that there are no chances of infection," said Dr Aagaz.
He further said Lal has been visiting him for consultation for many years and regularly goes to Kaliasot dam for fishing. "However, I have never come across a case of crocodile bite. This is the first time I handled such a case," he said.
This is not the first time a crocodile or an alligator has been spotted in water bodies in and around Bhopal. In the past, there have been reports of crocodile sightings in Bhopal's Upper Lake and Kaliasote dam. Some people have even been killed in crocodile attacks.
In June 2011, 17-year-old Sanjay Singh was attacked and killed by a crocodile while he was swimming with friends in a pond at Ratibad village near Bhopal. The boy's body was later recovered from the pond.
In October 2012, a crocodile devoured a cow at a culvert near Sakshi Dhaba on Kerwa dam road. The crocodile came out in the open from the backwaters of the dam.
Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal also houses around 20 crocodiles and nearly a dozen alligators. Some observers claim that some of the alligators or crocodiles might have sneaked into the Upper Lake during the monsoon period. This is the time when the water level in Upper Lake and Van Vihar's water bodies goes up.