Fear grips the area following the death of a 10-year-old boy and his grandfather by a "Maneater" tiger in Kodagu, Karnataka
Following a man-eating tiger's attack and deaths of a 10-year-old kid and his 75-year-old grandfather in the previous 24 hours, fear has engulfed Karnataka's Kodagu district on Monday. The search for the tiger has begun by the forest authorities.
The incident happened on the farm of Choorikadu Nellira Poonacha in Kutta village, K. Badaga panchayat boundaries, where the boy's family, who were from Panchavalli village in Hunsur town in Mysuru district, had come for employment.
Chetan was the name of the deceased boy. The tiger mauled the youngster on Sunday night while he was playing close to the farm house. In addition, the tiger bit the head of Raju, who had come out to witness his grandson's body on Monday morning, and dragged him into the forest.
During the Assembly session, the matter was brought up. In a community that is part of the Nagarahole Reserve Forest, local BJP MLA K.G. Bopaiah said that a tiger had eaten a youngster and his grandfather on Sunday evening and Monday morning, respectively. He further accused the Forest Department of incompetence.
"It is necessary to suspend the local deputy conservator of forests. Despite receiving information about the tiger assault on Sunday, the authorities have not yet taken any action. The event is directly the fault of the forest authority "explained he. "Do it if you can manage tigers. Otherwise, leave it to us; we'll take care of the issue "Bopaiah informed the authorities.
Another local BJP lawmaker, Apachu Ranjan, claimed that the event was caused by the local forest officials' incompetence and that they should be held accountable.
The youngster and grandfather who perished in the tiger assault were from the Hunsur taluk and had gone there as labourers, according to Congress MLA H.P. Manjunath. The grandfather passed away after going to see his grandson's body. He claimed that the oldest woman in the house passed away after learning of the news.
"MLAs who represent areas on the periphery of forests are in a terrible situation. Every single time, we are the victim. The government should take action and do so against police, "added said.
J.C. Madhu Swamy, minister of law and parliamentary affairs, stated that the government would take action against forest officers if it were discovered that they had neglected their duties. "The CM will be consulted on the issue, and the session will be informed of the decision. Additionally, the government would decide on the compensation, "added he.