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Saswat Singhdeo

Angul: Amid tension over the alleged killing of a woman by newly relocated tigress 'Sundari' in Satkosia Tiger Reserve, a team of officials from Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) conducted a review of movement of the tigress and its habitation in Athagarh forest division today.

The officials visited Hatibari village under Tikarpada Forest Range in Satkosia forest where a woman was allegedly attacked by Sundari on September 13 and held discussions with the locals to gather evidence on the alleged attack. They also took stock of the situation at the forest range office and the beat house which were torched by irate locals.

Meanwhile, to avoid any untoward incident and provide security to locals, the Forest department has deployed two monitoring teams comprising a 10-member field staff and police personnel in the area

As the exact reason behind the alleged attack is yet to be ascertained, the Forest department is waiting for the post-mortem report of the woman who was killed during the incident.

Meanwhile, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has sought reply from Chief Wildlife Warden on the incident.


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