A seventh person has been killed in a suspected tiger attack on Saturday in UP’s south Kheri forest division which falls under the Mailani range.
All the killings have taken place in the Mailani forest range, with three of the kills coming in the last week alone.
In the latest incident, a big cat attacked and killed 58-year-old Babu Ram of Chhedipur village under Kharehta beat office of the Mailani range. His body was recovered late Saturday night.
South Kheri forest officials have refused to confirm if a single tiger is involved in all the seven attacks. Barring two incidents in Chhedipur, other victims were attacked in different villages located near the Mailana reserve forest which has a number of wild animals including big cats.
Divisional forest official Sanjay Biswal visited Chhedipur after latest killing on Saturday. Elephants from Dudhwa have been requisitioned for intensive combing to trap the tiger or tigers, he told HT.
He also said WWF teams have been engaged in combing and identification of the rogue big cats.
The DFO said cameras have been installed at certain spots to monitor the movement of the tiger or tigers. The villagers of Chhedipur, Ujagarpur, Mathura Kharehta, Suvabojh, Sevipur and Surjanpur have been asked to restrict their movements near the forests.
According to Biswal, the deep forest areas have been waterlogged in the rainy season, forcing wild animals including big cats to venture out on the periphery of the jungle for safety and food. The DFO advised the locals not to go into the forest. He also asked them to work in groups in their fields if they are located near the reserve forest areas.
On August 15, a tiger killed a 14-year-old girl Saraswati in Suvabojh block of Mailani range when she had gone with her mother to the forest to graze their goats.
On August 19, a big cat claimed the life of 60-year-old Tikaram of Chhedipur in Kharehta block when he had gone to his fields near the forest. Other farmers in the area found his mutilated body shortly after the attack.