Fisherman taken away by tiger
Jul 09, 2009
Canning (WB), July 8 In another tiger attack in the Sunderbans, a fisherman was taken away by a big cat at Matla area tonight.
Bhaben Gayen (42) was catching shrimps at a creek near mangrove forest when a tiger suddenly pounced on him and took him away, Field Director, Sunderban Tiger Reserve, Subrat Mukhopadhyay said.
Gayen’s companions were too stunned to react as the carnivore swiftly vanished into the jungles.
The body of Gayen, who had valid pass for fishing in the restricted area, could not be traced till late hours, Mukhopadhyay said.
The forest department provides Rs 25,000 as compensation to the next of kin of the valid fishing pass holders in the event of their death in tiger attacks.
There had been a couple of cases of villagers killed and injured in tiger attack in the Sunderbans area in the past one year.