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MP man survives attack by thrusting handle of an axe into tiger’s mouth

The incident occurred on Saturday morning in a forest near Barbaspur under Dhamokhar range in the tiger reserve’s buffer zone.

india Updated: May 19, 2018 23:50 IST
PTI, Umaria
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The tiger fled into the forest after hearing the screams of the victim.(HT File Photo)

A man was on Saturday attacked by a tiger in the buffer zone of Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, forest officials said, adding that he survived after thrusting the wooden handle of his axe into the animal’s mouth.

The incident occurred on Saturday morning in the forest near Barbaspur under Dhamokhar range in the tiger reserve’s buffer zone, said Forest Ranger Vijay Shankar Shrivastava.

“Rakesh Baiga (40) had gone to the area to pick tendu leaves along with other villagers. The tiger attacked him but he managed to save himself by thrusting the axe handle into its mouth,” the official said.

He said that the tiger fled into the forest after hearing the screams of the victim and others accompanying him.

He added that Baiga sustained serious injuries to his body and also suffered a fracture in the jaw.

“He has been shifted to Jabalpur for specialised treatment,” the official said.

First Published: May 19, 2018 19:29 IST