A Royal Bengal tiger was lynched in a village near Jorhat in upper Assam on Thursday – the same day when an elephant had died after falling into a ditch in Tezpur – with officials saying the incident happened after it had attacked at least three persons during the day.
“The tiger had first reportedly attacked a person in the morning. A couple of hours later a second person was attacked. Around noon it picked up a third person by the neck and carried it away for quite a distance after which angry villagers armed with machetes and spears chased it and finally rounded it up in a paddy field where the animal was killed,” Jorhat additional SP Gunindra Deka, who is holding charge as SP, said over the telephone.
The village where the incident took place is Baghmara, about six kms from Jorhat, close to the Brahmaputra, with Deka saying it was suspected that the tiger had strayed out of Kaziranga National Park in search of prey. “There have been reports of people sighting tigers in villages along the Brahmaputra north of Jorhat in the past few weeks,” he said.
What however has caused concern is that some people had removed teeth, nail and a portion of the tiger after it was done to death, Deka said. “Though forest department officials had rushed to the spot, the non-availability of tranquiliser guns in the district had prevented them from removing the tiger alive from that area,” he said.
Forest officials later removed the carcass and sent for experts to conduct a post-mortem examination before cremating it according to the laid-down protocol.