Tiger dies in hit-and-run mishap near Bazargaon

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Dec 2017 09:50:04





Special Correspondent,

Forestmen suspect the deceased beast to be famous ‘Bajirao’ tiger

In a bizarre hit-and-run mishap, an unidentified vehicle knocked dead a full-grown tiger near Bazargaon off Nagpur-Amravati Highway on Friday evening. The accident spot is not popular for tiger sighting, though the big cats often cross over the busy Highway, under a nearby bridge, while moving across the jungle.

According to reports, a heavy vehicle hit the tiger near Pix Transmission Company situated 30 km from city, at 7.15 pm, when the beast was crossing the road. The spot falls under Kalmeshwar Forest Range.

The impact was so strong that the tiger sustained internal injuries and died on the spot. Blood was oozing out from its mouth. The news of the tiger death spread like jungle fire and a huge crowd gathered at the spot. However, police handled the situation so that forestmen conduct investigation and spot ‘panchnaama’.

G Mallikarjuna, Deputy Conservator of Forest (Territorial), Nagpur, rushed to the spot and supervised the activities. Forestmen took spot information and made investigations as per the SOP issued by National Tiger Conservation Authority.

When contacted, Mallikarjuna said that forestmen were making identification of the tiger, including tallying stripe pattern to know nomenclature of this tiger. The carcass is being transported to Transit Treatment Centre at Seminary Hills, where veterinary doctors will conduct post-mortem on Saturday morning, he added.

Meanwhile, reliable sources pointed out that the field staff members at Bazargaon felt that the full-grown tiger having a length of 2.90 metres could be the famous ‘Bajirao’ tiger. ‘Bajirao’ used to move from Kalmeshwar habitat to Bor Tiger Reserve to meet his other companion there. The patrolling staff members were familiar with ‘Bajirao’ as the beast use to frequent in the area.

However, whether the tiger is ‘Bajirao’ or not will be established after photo identification, they added.
The sources drew attention that previously leopards and other wild animals were killed at the same spot in road accidents while crossing the road. They demanded that Forest Department should construct an underpass at this spot to save precious wildlife.

S N Khsirsagar, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Nilesh Gawande, Range Forest Officer, Kalmeshwar, Kolhe, Round Officer, and others assisted the investigation.