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Friday, December 7, 2012

Tiger mauls farmer near Tadoba buffer area

TNN | Dec 7, 2012, 01.55 AM IST Another farmer ends lifeFarmer dies in police firing in MaharashtraFarmer kills 13-feet King Cobra in farm, arrestedDispersing Tadoba tigers to be radio collaredFarmer welfare: Yeddyurappa, Shettar vie for credit CHANDRAPUR: A tiger killed a farmer near Talodhi village in Khadsangi range under the buffer zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger reserve. The mutilated and half eaten body of the farmer was recovered from a farm near the forest on Thursday morning. Rajaram Thakre (60), a resident of Talodhi village, had gone to graze his cattle on his fields on Wednesday. In the evening the cattle came back to the village but Thakre didn't. Worried family members along with the villagers searched for him but couldn't find him. They resumed their search in the morning and found his half eaten body in the farm of Sheshrao Selokar. "The fields are located adjacent to Kadsangi and FDCM forests. Apparently, the tiger killed Thakre and then dragged the dead body to the adjacent farm. The tiger had torn away an arm and had eaten some portion from the left side of the corpse," said ACF Arun Tikhe. A team of forest officers including RFO Khadsangi Vidya Wasav, RFO Chimur, LM Belekar and RFO Palasgaon, Rahul Sore led by ACF Tikhe rushed to the spot on being informed of the incident. "The farmer was indeed killed by a tiger. We have found tiger pugmarks on the path along which the dead body had been dragged," said Tikhe, adding that a tiger was recently seen in the area. He said that as the dead body was badly mutilated, post mortem was carried out on the spot and later on was handed over to the kin. Forest officers also gave Rs15,000 to the kin of deceased to cover funeral expenses. A compensation of Rs1.85 lakh would be given to the Thakre's family after official formalities are fulfilled, he claimed.

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