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Villagers set range office, nine houses on fire after tiger kills a teacher in Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: A school teacher died after being attacked by a tiger in Khitoli area of Bandhavgarh National Park in Katni district on Friday triggering violent protests by locals who went on a rampage setting the forest range office and nine houses on fire.

The unruly people also attacked forest personnel, including the forest range officer, while keeping some of them hostage besides policemen and local scribes. Two motorised vessels and a dozen vehicles owned by the department were also set on fire, said officials.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were also issued to bring situation under control. Deceased identified as Amod Lakda, 45, a native of Chhattisgarh was, attacked by the tiger near Khitoli dam located in the buffer zone where he had gone for a picnic with some of his friends.

Villagers claim this was the fourth incident in the same area while forest officers had been overlooking their repeated plea to shift the 'man-eater' tiger. They say the matter was taken to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also, but in vain.