Sharmili Mallick

Angul: Tension gripped Satkosia area after tigress Sundari allegedly killed a local of Tainsi village in Angul district today.

The deceased has been identified as Trinath Sahu.

According to reports, Sahu had gone for fishing when the tigress allegedly attacked Sahu leading to his death on the spot.

Meanwhile, the enraged villagers reportedly thrashed and detained an Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) Srikant Behera, who had visited the Tainsi village in the morning to take a stock of the situation after getting information.

Besides, they vandalised the van of Angul SP, who reached the spot after getting information about the incident.

"Some of our staff, who visited the spot for investigation, were detained and even attacked by the villagers. We are not denying the killing by an animal but it is very soon to establish the exact reason behind the incident," informed Angul divisional forest officer (DFO), V Kartik.

Speaking to OTV, former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Bijay Ketan Patnaik said, "There may be various reasons due to which the tigress has not been able to adapt herself and is repeatedly moving towards human habitation. One of which might be, when the animal was in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, it used to stray into villages and it is doing the same here. Another reason might be that the tigress is yet to get any male partner."

On September 12, Sundari had allegedly killed a woman at Hatibari village under Tikarpada Forest Range here. Later, the tigress was also claimed to have killed a bull of the village.

Following protest, the forest department tried to chase away Sundari to the core area of Satkosia Tiger Reserve. However, the big cat herself moved into the core area of the jungle.