21 October 2018
Angul: Just when the uproar over the relocation of Royal Bengal Tigress ‘Sundari’ was coming to an end, a man was found mauled to death today morning in Tainsi village near Satkosia which has likely ignited the debate once again.
The deceased person has been identified as Trinath Sahu (65). Sahu was on his way to his farmland for work when he was intercepted by the wild cat and was allegedly mauled to death.
Fear and panic struck the village as it was reported that the tigress was guarding the body for a while and was later found roaming near the village after the incident.
According to reports, the locals thrashed the Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) and detained the tracking team that went to the spot to take stock of the situation.
Later in the day, a cameraman of a reputed media organization was also injured after the wild cat pawed him, said sources.
On September 12, ‘Sundari’ had allegedly mauled a 35-year-old woman to death at Hatibari village when she was taking bath in a pond near the forest.
Later on September 18, a cow was also found mauled to death and the locals had suspected Sundari.
The incidents led to uproar and commotion as the villagers demanded the relocation of the Bengal tigress.