A MAN-EATER’S HUMAN ENCOUNTER
the sugarcane and paddy harvest season was round the corner, and fields packed of full grown sugarcane and rice crop, the pugmarks could not be traced for a longer distance.
The death of Govindi Devi resulted in frayed tempers in the villagers.
Initially, the forest department took it as a chance encounter but before the situation could have been analyzed, another incident was reported on 12th September 2016 from the adjoining Gorakhpur village. This time the victim was Paramjit Singh. The dead body of young Paramjit was still holding on the sickle which had some Tiger hair signifying that he could give a blow before falling to the Jaws of death.
This killing was however important from the point of view of authorities… This incident made it clear that the accused was actually a tigress and not a leopard. Though, tigress was not reported on the scene, it was only her pugmarks which later became the evidence for the authorities.
The fear had embraced the villages neighboring Dhela range of the Corbett National Park. Agitated villagers had started making things difficult for the authorities. They carried out Protests and Agitations in the entire area.
Soon after the second incident, the forest department geared itself for action. Cage and camera traps were installed, a team of forest guards were deployed in the region and members of Rai Sikh community (trained in tracing blue bulls and other animals) were also included in the operation. Trained elephants from Corbett started patrolling the area … but the killer remained an enigma, and seemed