Mystery over the attack on an elderly man by a wild animal on Saturday continued on Sunday with no signs of any animal being found at the spot where the attack took place.
Bhav Singh Banjara was attacked by an animal on Saturday morning near village Gopisur Chaupatta and was rushed to Bhopal with serious head injuries. While Bhav Singh insists that the animal that attacked him was a tiger, forest department officials deny that the injuries have been inflicted by a tiger.
Divisional forest officer (DFO) Raisen, Ravindra Saxena told HT that forest department staff that visited the spot looked for signs but only found pug marks of a sloth bear some distance away from the place where the attack took place. "The pattern of injuries does not seem to be that inflicted by a tiger," he said.
Meanwhile, the condition of the victim, who is admitted at Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal, after being administered stiches by doctors at Raisen civil hospital, is stable. The victim said he could not see the animal as it attacked him from behind.
Bhav Singh had gone to the forest to graze cattle when he was attacked. The place where the incident took place is close to the district boundary between Bhopal and Raisen. On the Bhopal side, there have been reports of movement of a tiger near Samardha village.
Forest department sources in Bhopal said on Sunday that they found pug marks of a tiger but a substantial distance away from where Bhav Singh was attacked.
Forest department officials in Bhopal confirmed that there is a tiger near Samardha village which has also been seen in pictures taken by camera traps but maintained that the attack on Bhav Singh is not by a tiger. They also said the tiger near Samardha usually operates on the Samardha-Amoni route and does not go towards Gopisur which is in the opposite direction.
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