March 2nd, 2008 – 12:54 am ICT
Kolkata, March 1 (IANS) A woman who had gone fishing in West Bengal’s Sundarban creek was injured by a tiger Saturday, a senior forest official said. Gayetri Sardar, a housewife of Shyamnagar village under South 24 Parganas district of Sundarbans, had gone with her neighbours to catch fish and crabs in the narrow water channels, about 120 km from here, when the tiger attacked her.
“She was attacked by the tiger near Herobhaya canal. She had ventured deep inside the tiger reserve area with fishing nets. Suddenly a tiger pounced on her from the back and caused injuries,” West Bengal Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Atanu Raha said.
He said the other members of the fishing team, who accompanied Gayetri, shouted out and the man-eater fled the scene out of fear.
“They took the injured to the Kultali forest beat office and later she was admitted to the Jamatala Block Hospital in Sundarbans with the help of forest officials. She is under medical observation and, according to doctors, she is now out of danger,” Raha said.
Sundarban, a vast tract of forest and saltwater swamp, is formed at the lower part of the Ganges Delta extending about 260 km along the Bay of Bengal from the Hooghly River Estuary in India to the Meghna River Estuary in Bangladesh.
Raha said the woman had gone to a prohibited area. “There’s also a strict restriction on the fishermen to enter these areas for catching fish,” he said.
In the recent weeks, two tigers strayed out of the forest area and entered villages. Both were later captured. While one was released in the wild again, another injured tiger was shifted to Kolkata for treatment in the zoo hospital.
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