Wildlife & Biodiversity

Tiger kills man near Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar

Victim was a farmer working in his paddy field when he was attacked

By Mohd Imran Khan
Published: Tuesday 24 September 2019

A tiger killed a farmer in a paddy field outside the forest area of Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) in Bihar’s West Champaran district on the morning of September 24, 2019, a top official said.

“A tiger was reportedly chasing a nilgai. The chase brought both animals in the vicinity of the field where the farmer, Sohan Kumar, was weeding his field. When the nilgai escaped, the tiger attacked the man. He died on the spot. The entire incident was witnessed by some villagers from 50 to 60 metres away,” VTR Field Director HK Roy, said.

The site of the attack, the paddy field, is located near Bagahi Sakhuani village under the Ramnagar police station.

The tiger that killed Kumar, has not been identified yet. “We are yet to ascertain whether it was a tiger and tigress,” said Roy.

He said a postmodern of Kumar’s body had been conducted at a government-run-hospital but the report was awaited. “The victim’s kin will get a compensation according to law,” Roy added.

However, Ambrish Kumar Mall, VTR’s divisional forest officer, said the official confirmation of the cause of death would come only after the post-mortem report. “Only after the post-mortem report, would it be confirmed that the man was indeed killed in a tiger attack. It is a formal procedure to be followed,” he said.

The forest ranger of Raghua forest division, Rahimuddin Ahmad, said the tiger that killed Sohan was not seen in the locality on Monday or Sunday. "We are trying to collect information,” he said.

According to latest official data, VTR had 31 adult tigers in 2018, up from 8 in 2010. There were also 10-12 cubs.

VTR is spread over 899 square kilometres (89,900 ha) in West Champaran district, bordering Nepal to its north and Uttar Pradesh to its west.

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