Two of the men were dragged away by the tiger while the third managed to save himself by climbing a tree
Three fishermen were attacked by a tiger while they were fishing crab illegally in Talpatti area under Satkhira Range of Sundarbans.
Two of the men – Ratan, 35, and Mizanur, 39—were dragged away by the tiger while the third man –Abu Musa, 40 -- managed to save himself by climbing a tree. All three of them hailed from Koikhali union under Shyamnagar upazila of Khulna district.
Later, Abu Musa made phone calls to the families of Ratan and Mizanur to inform about the incident around 7pm on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday recovered two bodies of Bangladeshi men in the Indian part of the Sundarbans.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Nildumur 18th Battalion in Satkhira Commander Lt Col Yasin Chowdhury said: “I have heard that two Bangladeshis were killed in the Indian part of the Sundarbans. However, it is not yet clear whether they died from BSF firing or tiger attack.
“The incident is being investigated. We are trying to hold a flag meeting with the BSF in this regard,” he added.
Local journalist Nurnabi Islam Emon said Ratan and Mizanur to the forest on Wednesday and did not return. They could not be communicated over the phone even.
After their families got the news of the tiger’s attack from Abu Musa, they set out at night in boats and trawlers to search them in the forest, he added.
Ratan’s sister Ratna said: “We heard that a tiger has dragged away my bother and Mizanur but still do not know their whereabouts.”
Koikhali Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Abdur Rahim said after knowing about the incident, he informed the forest department about it.
Forest department’s Koikhali Station Officer Mobarak Hossain said: “The trio did not have any permission and entered the forest illegally. Other than the UP chairman no one else has informed about the incident. Hopefully, more information will be received by Friday afternoon.”
Meanwhile, Buri Goalini Station in-Charge Md Sultan said the missing fishermen entered the Indian part of the Sundarbans to bring cows from there.
As the incident occured in India, the BGB will contact India’s BSF and a meeting will be held to search for them, Sultan said, adding that arrangements will be made to rescue and bring the fishermen back.
On January 18 and 19, around 5 pm, two tigers were seen roaming on the banks of the Chuna River in the Munshiganj Kalbari area of the Sundarbans.
The tigers crossed a small canal and stayed there for a while, then went deeper into the forest again. They came to the locality in search of food.
Members of the local Tiger Team and the forest department jointly warned the locals about it by miking on Wednesday evening, causing an unrest in the Sundarbans area.