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Roar Not, Fear Not: Man-Tiger Conflict Roils Part Of Odisha

Hundreds of villagers in Hatibari and surrounding villages demand that Sundari, the Royal Bengal tigress brought from Bandhavgarh wildlife sanctuary, be shifted back.

Roar Not, Fear Not: Man-Tiger Conflict Roils Part Of Odisha
Roar Not, Fear Not: Man-Tiger Conflict Roils Part Of Odisha
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2018-09-24T17:31:41+05:30

They found her in the forest on September 12, mauled to death, the injury marks suggested the merciless handiwork of a wild animal. Yet, a week later, one isn’t quite sure about who killed Kailashi Garnayak, 45, from Hatibari village, nestled in the Satkosia Tiger Reserve (STR) in Odisha’s Angul district.

Hundreds of villagers in Hatibari and surrounding villages, however, were sanguine that the culprit had been one with a ‘fearful symmetry’—Sundari, the Royal Bengal tigress brought from Bandhavgarh wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh in June. Their wrath was immediate and extreme: the forest beat house at Hatibari and the range office at Tikarpada, some five km away, were torched, while other forest department offices were attacked. Then, they rushed to a Crocodile Rescue Centre and destroyed six boats.

Top district officials, including SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, tried to assu­age the panicked anger, but villagers demanded that ‘Sundari’ be shifted out immediately; or else they would set up a tiger hunt. Desperate to...

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