One after another, tigers in have mauled three forest employees to death in a span of three months. The third was killed in wee hours on Saturday. The experts are blaming it on uncontrolled tourism in the Corbett for the aggression in the tigers.
According to sources, Hari Ram, patrolling guard, had left for his duCorbett Tiger Reservety at six in the morning alongwith his associate towards Khinanauli post in Corbett. He was doing foot patrolling by holding cane in his hand when tiger came out of bushes and dragged him away. His counterpart shouted but tiger did not leave him. By the time, he came back with other employees, victim had breathed his last. His body was found at some distance.
On March 22, another patrolling staff was also attacked and killed near Sadle dam in Corbett in the early afternoon. Viren Pandey, president of Corbett Employees Association said, “In the month of February itself , a daily wager employee was also killed by tiger in the Kalagarh division of the Corbett. This way one employee has been killed by tigers in each month for last three months. Four women from nearby villagers too have been badly injured in this duration also. The tiger aggression is quite startling which has triggered fear among the patrolling staff. We will have to seek out ways by holding meeting with officials to ensure less risk and more protection for the patrolling staff from the tiger attacks.”