Mysuru: Another farmer was killed by a man-eater tiger outside the Bandipur Tiger Reserve when he was grazing his cattle along the forest boundary here on Tuesday, November 18.
The deceased is identified as Shivaiah (55) from Hadanur village. The incident happened when Shivaiah, Venkatesh, Mahadevaiah and Prasanna were sitting on a rock and the man-eater attacked Shivanna from behind, held his neck and dragged him about 20 metres inside the forest crossing over the country trench.
Immediately, other grazers alerted more than 300 villagers who carried a rescue mission inside the forest but in vain. However, Forest and police officials who resumed another rescue mission managed to find the tiger and the victim’s body but were unable to tranquilise the tiger. Two shots that were fired at the tiger but they missed their aim allowing the cat to run inside the forest leaving the body of Shivaiah.
The villagers demanded that the tiger be killed. The body has been now shifted to Hediyala hospital and a postmortem will be conducted on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, the Forest Department has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of the victim.
This is the third tiger attack in a month in the village.
Hediyala Wildlife Range of the Reserve officials along with villagers will ensure that the tiger is captured and removed from the area, it has been said.