No Decision Taken To Relocate Satkosia Tigress 'Sundari': Odisha Forest Minister

14 September 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: Amid the hulabaloo by the irate villagers after the recent death of a village woman allegedly killed by the newly-brought tigress 'Sundari', Odisha Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray today made it clear that no official decision has been taken to relocate tigress 'Sundari' from Satkosia to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh from where she was brought.

In his media reactions, Odisha Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray said, “While the villagers claim that the local woman has been killed by the tigress, Forest officials there claim that had it been a fact, the prey would have been taken away by the predator. Even no such signs of attack have been noticed on the dead body. However, post mortem report is being awaited to ascertain the cause of death.”

On being asked if the allegedly man-eater tigress will be relocated from Satkosia to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the Minister replied, “That decision is solely taken by the Wild Life Institute of India (WLII). The tiger and tigress were brought to Satkosia as per the decision of WLII.”

“Wild Life Institute has been asked to decide on the relocation now as the safety of the tiger in question. If not relocated, we will make necessary arrangements so that the wild animal remains safe as well as the villagers. Till now no decision has been made to relocate the tigress,” the Odisha Forest and Environment Minister clarified.

A day after tigress ‘Sundari’ mauled a woman to death near Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary, the Angul district administration has decided to shift the big cat back to its home in Bandhavgarh of Madhya Pradesh.

The decision was taken after a violent hue and cry by locals who demanded shifting this tigeress from Satkosia. To placate the agitated locals of Hatibari village, Angul SP Mitrabhanu Mahaptra had rushed to the spot and held a public meeting.

He has assured the people that two teams of Wildlife Experts have left from Dehradun and Bandhavgarh to facilitate the shifting process.

The teams were expected to reach Angul by today (Friday) and start the modalities of the transfer, the Angul SP had said in his media reactions.

Notably, the death of the woman has created a law and order situation in Hatibari and adjoining villages, till Thursday afternoon, with hundreds of locals blocking all routes to Satkosia. The locals have demanded immediate removal of the tigers and compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the family of the deceased.

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Bijayshree Routray, Minister, Forest and Environment, Odisha