A man was mauled to death by a tiger in Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve on Saturday, a forest official said.
The victim, identified as Sonelal Rai, was grazing his cattle along with two other villagers in the buffer zone of the reserve when a tiger pounced on him and mauled him to death, said CH Murlikrishnan, the field director of the tiger reserve.
“The other two villagers fled from the spot and informed forest officials posted nearby,” Murlikrishnan told Hindustan Times by phone.
The area where the attack took place is generally frequented three tigers, including a couple that is mating and another 11-year-old male tiger, he said.
“Generally two to three villagers go for grazing cattle in the forest area on a rotation basis.”
Bandhavgarh-based wildlife enthusiast Pushpendra Diwedi, who saw the body of the victim, said the tiger had bitten off a portion of the neck of the man but had not been eaten him.
Agitated villagers blocked the road in the area for over an hour until police reached the spot and pacified the crowd with the promise that Rs 10 lakh compensation and a job for the kin of the victim, said Murlikrishnan.
“According to norms, we can provide a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh to the family of victim within three days. And we will do that.”
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve with one of the highest tiger concentrations in the country has been witnessing an increase in man-animal conflict in last few years.
More than 10 people have been killed by tigers in the reserve in the last 7 years.