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Tiger enters human territory, locals fear sudden attack

Update : 29 Nov 2013, 07:01 PM


A Bengal tiger from Sundarbans entered human territory on Wednesday in Barguna’s Charmijan area and has disappeared into the area’s paddy fields, according to locals.

Charmijan is located near the Bishkhali River which meets the Bay of Bengal through the mouth of Baleswar-Haringhata of India at 13km down of Patharghata upazila under the district.

A sense of fear engulfs the inhabitants as they could not yet confirm the tiger’s whereabouts. However, the locals were sure of the big cat’s presence after locating its paw marks.

School going children were mostly panicked after the news spread and as a result many have refrained from going to school.

Monika Rani, 34, a local of the area, said: “Children have stopped going to school. Even the inhabitants who are mostly day labourers fear coming out of the house.”

Headmaster of Keutola Government Primary School, Md Saidur Rahman Molla, said the attendance of students had been thin after the tiger came into our territory.

Manna, a member of Tiger Team which is a local voluntary organisation, said: “At least 45 members of the organisation are searching for the tiger for the last three days. We did not find any new paw prints of the tiger, so it is assumed that the tiger is still in the area.”

Kashrafi Bikash Chandra, assistant reserve officer of the forest and range officer of Sharankhola range, said: “We have been trying force the tiger to come out from hiding by firing blanks.”

He said: “The tiger is most definitely hiding inside the paddy fields of the area. We will keep trying until the tiger is found.”

An expert on biodiversity of the Sundarbans, Harun Jomaddar, said: “Tigers roam around different areas as it is part of their nature. Probably the tiger is hiding because he is scared after seeing humans in the area.” 

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