The UP government has dropped the plan to kill a tiger that has so far killed six persons in over 15 days in the Moradabad region — after BJP leader and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi’s intervention.
The tiger, suspected to have strayed into human settlements from the Jim Corbett National Park, has killed five persons in Moradabad and one in Bijnore.
Three shooters, who were called in to hunt down the tiger, who has been declared a maneater, have now been asked to suspend their operation that started a day ago.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Rupak De confirmed that Maneka Gandhi has asked the department not to kill the tiger and that their priority is now to tranquilise it.
Tranquilising teams have begun operations to dart the tiger and cage it.
De said alerts have been issued in places where the tiger is suspected to be present and the teams of forest department are camping there.
The tiger last killed a 25-year-old youth at a sugarcane field in Bijnore on Friday. The forest department declared it a maneater Thursday.
Bijnore Divisional Forest Officer Vijay Singh said five teams of forest officials , including two from Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and Jim Corbett Park, are trying to track the tiger.
Singh said a tiger attacked a woman in Kalagarh area of Uttarakhand Tuesday and they suspect it could be the same tiger that had strayed into Moradabad.
He said the tiger was last seen along the Baneli river and the village, where the incident took place in Uttarakhand, falls on the same route.