Tiger kills 9-year-old tribal boy in Budhni forest

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Nov 2017 12:31:56

Staff Reporter,

A tiger killed a nine-year-old tribal boy in Budhni forest area on Monday morning. Boy along with his uncle had gone into jungle to collect firewood when tiger attacked him. He died on the spot. This is the second such incident in Budhni forest area. Earlier, tiger had killed a minor girl in Budhni forest circle.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ Range Officer of Budhni forest circle, S N Khare told that tribal boy Shekhar Parse (9) and his uncle went into the jungle area to collect firewood. They ventured into jungle between 11 am and 12 noon. When the boy was collecting firewood, tiger attacked him. As the boy bent to collect the firewood, tiger construed him as its prey and attacked him. “In the attack, tiger targeted neck of the boy. Seeing this, his uncle tried to chase away tiger by throwing stone on it. Tiger left the boy and vanished into the jungle. However, boy died on the spot,” he told.

As a part of immediate relief, Rs 10,000 was given to kin of the deceased boy. There was anger among the people after incident but it was diffused soon after. “The tiger that killed boy resides in Bhimkoti area of Budhni jungle. Its territory starts from Midghat and is stretched till Budhni. After the incident, we have decided to install cameras in the region and to make people aware about the presence of tiger in jungle. In this regard, help of ‘Munadi’ will be taken,” he added. He further told that as many as four tigers are moving in Budhni forest belt.

When asked whether it is the same tiger which killed a minor girl in Khalbad village of Budhni area some time back? he said that this is a different tiger. “It was after Khalbad village incident that we have started making people aware by ‘Munadi’ but it is helping very little as people and villagers pay less attention to advise that they should not venture into jungles as tigers are on prowl,” he told.

The Khalbad village and the site of Monday incident is having distance of just 15 kilometre. Shekhar Parse, who had been killed by tiger, was resident of Gondi mohalla, ward number 4 of Budhni. The post-mortem of Shekhar was done on Monday itself and after getting the report on Tuesday, Forest Department will give financial help of Rs 3.90 lakh to his family. Whenever such incidents happen, Forest Department gives compensation of Rs 4 lakh to deceased’s family.