Pilibhit (UP), November 11 (Language) A farmer, who had gone to graze animals in the area adjacent to the Mahof forest of Pilibhit Tiger Sanctuary, died in a tiger attack in Madhotanda police station area of Pilibhit district on Saturday. Police gave this information late Saturday evening.
Angered by the incident, local people blocked the Madhotanda-Pilibhit highway by placing the dead body and protested, alleging that people were losing their lives due to the negligence of the forest department.
Inspector (SHO) of Madhotanda police station, Achal Kumar, said that Omprakash Paswan (60) of Jamunia village had gone to graze his pets near the forest area, when at around 4 pm a tiger attacked him, killing him on the spot. He died.
He told that the tiger was carrying the dead body of the farmer in its mouth towards the forest, when the farmers working in the nearby fields noticed it.
Kumar told that after seeing the crowd of villagers, the tiger ran away leaving the dead body. Angry villagers placed the dead body on the Madhotanda-Pilibhit highway and blocked it. They also vandalized some vehicles passing through the route.
Villagers allege that the forest department team did not reach the spot till late evening.
On receiving information about the incident, Pilibhit Superintendent of Police and Deputy Director, Pilibhit Tiger Sanctuary reached the spot and pacified the protesters.
The officials assured them of providing compensation to the families of the deceased and capturing the tigers roaming outside the forest.
Language by Anand Shafiq