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Boy killed by tigress

A FIVE-year-old boy was mauled to death by a tigress near Devri village in the Manpur forest range of Umaria territorial forest division on December 2 evening. The place where the incident took place is near the Bandhavgarh National Park.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 14:34 IST

A FIVE-year-old boy was mauled to death by a tigress near Devri village in the Manpur forest range of Umaria territorial forest division on December 2 evening. The place where the incident took place is near the Bandhavgarh National Park. According to information, the tigress had dragged the boy’s body to a long distance after the kill.

However, when the villagers raised an alarm and reached near the spot the big cat left the body and disappeared in the dense forests. Later, probably the same tigress killed a cow and injured a bull. Forest officials that reached the spot noticed pugmarks of the tigress accompanied by some smaller pugmarks believed to be of its cubs.

The Forest department has ordered the payment of compensation of a sum of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of the deceased boy. The DFO has also been instructed to pay compensation to the owners of the cow and bullock and also to take steps to prevent poisoning of the cow’s carcass by villagers.

Forest officials informed that the deceased, Mukesh Singh Gond, had gone along with his mother and other womenfolk for collecting firewood. He accidentally separated from the group and got near the tigress.

The tigress, probably hungry and wanting to feed its cubs, pounced upon Mukesh, killing him on the spot. Forest department officials also rushed to the spot and recovered the boy’s body. It was sent for postmortem and subsequently handed over to the family members.