By Taniya Dutta
This is the moment a giant man-eater tiger was carried in a crane by rescuers after it killed a woman in an Indian village.
The four-year-old adult beast had strayed into Chandpur village of Pilibhit in northern India on early Monday morning and pounced at Girija Devi, 25, who was out for fields with her sister-in-law Neetu Kumari.
When the women cried for help, the panicked tiger ran into the nearby sugarcane fields and hid behind the heavy bushes.
As soon as the news of the tiger’s attack spread in the village, hundreds of angry men came out carrying sticks and sickles to kill the animal in revenge.
For three hours they patiently waited for the tiger to move out of the fields but when the animal remained hiding, the men informed forest department for help.
However, they refused to let the forest officials release the animal into the jungle and demanded to hand it over to them.
To ensure that the mob doesn’t enter the fields and disrupt the rescue operation, a team of 50 policemen were deployed near the sugarcane fields.
Finally, after two hours of efforts the wild cat could be tranquillised with two darts.
Kailash Prakash, district forest officer said: “This is the second tiger we have rescued from the area this year. It is a healthy male tiger around four years of age.
“It was tranquillised with two darts. We used a crane to take it into the cage and later moved it to the tiger reserve. It is under medical observation and after we get a go ahead from the vets, we will move it to Lucknow zoo.”
Man animal conflict are very common in India’s rural areas, with scores of wild beasts, who stray into human habitations becoming victims of mob fury.
Pilibhit which is barely nine miles away from a tiger reserve is one of the most affected areas in the country where maximum killings in tiger attacks have been reported.
Since 2016, at least 23 people have lost their life while over 20 have been injured in the conflict.
Tigers are an endangered species with just over 2,200 left in the country in 2014, up by 30 percent in 2011, when it was 1,700.