A wild bear was gunned down by police in Chhattisgarh as it was a man-eater. The animal was killed on directions of sub-divisional magistrate even though the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 states that the animal can be killed only on directions of the chief wildlife warden of the state.
The bear had killed two persons within a short span of time. The police had recovered the first body from the forest. Later it went into the forest and found the animal eating the second body.
"When we tried to recover the body the bear attacked our personnel," said a local police officer. It was then the police team fired at the bear killing the animal at the spot.
The entire exercise was conducted without taking the local forest department — equipped to catch ferocious wild animals alive — into confidence.