Suryakant Jena

Angul: After tigress Sundari was suspected to have killed humans and animals in villages close to Satkosia reserve forest, residents of Kumuri village located in close proximity to the area have been spending sleepless nights.

In an exclusive OTV report from ground zero, the villagers open up about their fears and measures they have taken to guard themselves and their animals.

“We are not able to go out of the village. Even attending nature’s call has become difficult.We are staying awake throughout the night in fear. Even as the forest officials had promised to relocate the big cat to somewhere else nothing has been done yet," said a local resident of Kumuri village.

Meanwhile, Angul Collector on Monday sought intervention of Odisha government for immediate relocation of the tigress in view of the law and order situation arising after the big cat allegedly preyed upon an elderly person and a bull in the last three days.

A four-member team comprising experts and doctors from Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Nandankanan Zoological Park and gun assistants have reached Angul to capture the tigress and put it back into the enclosure.