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.