On the prowl, tiger kills girl in Lakhimpur Kheri
Express News Service Posted: Jan 11, 2009 at 0158 hrs
Lucknow Nearly a week after a tiger had attacked and killed a boy in Lakhimpur Kheri, another casualty has been reported from the same district.
The latest case involves a 15-year-old girl, Pooja, from Nahrosa village who was killed in the sugarcane field where she had apparently gone with her siblings.
Forest Department officials suspect the same tiger from the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary, which had earlier killed a boy, to be behind the attack. The officials will match the tiger pug marks in both the incidents to confirm its identity.
“We have collected the samples of pug marks from the area where the animal killed the girl and the same will be matched with the pug marks of the tiger which killed the boy in Tanda village. The tiger appears to be an adult though we are yet to ascertain that,” said Singh.
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), North Kheri, K K Singh said: “The victim’s siblings managed to run away and raise an alarm. The tiger dragged the body inside the fields and it was only after gunshots were fired by villagers that it moved away from the body.”
He added the tiger later killed a calf. “The calf was taken from the village barely half-a-kilometre away from the spot where Pooja was killed,” said Singh. On January 5, a tiger had killed Pillu Singh (16), a resident of Tanda village.