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Villagers go on strike in Pilibhit after man-eater tiger kills three farmers in four days (video)

Villagers agitated near Pilibhit Tiger Reserve after two more farmers from the area fell prey to a man eating big cat in the last two days. The recent kills take the death toll to thirteen this year.  Pilibhit forest gained the status of a tiger reserve in 2014, and around 50 tigers inhabit the area.  However, unlike most other reserves, the forest has a 670 long boundary with no fencing and an unusually thin buffer zone. Forest officials have proposed an electric fencing, but work on it is yet to begin. Th

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Villagers have been agitating near Pilibhit Tiger Reserve after three more farmers from the area fell prey to a man eating big cat in the last one week. 

A local farmer Kunwar Sen (40) was killed on Thursday morning at 11 am.  

Forest conservator VK Singh said Sen had gone to the fields in the morning to collect fodder for his cattle. “The tiger must have been hiding in one of the sugarcane fields before it attacked him,” he added.

Shamsul Ahmed (42) had gone to work in his sugar cane field on Tuesday morning and failed to return. When his family went looking for him, they saw a tiger eating the remains of his body. 

Shamsul Ahmed brother said, “We raised an alarm and the tiger fled.” 

A 28-yar-old man, Tasleem Ahmed (28), had been similarly killed on Monday.  

In all the three incidents, half-eaten bodies were discovered later.

The recent kills take the death toll due to the man-eater to fourteen this year, according to estimates.

But after three attacks in a week, villagers in the area went on a protest demanding the killing of the tiger. They even manhandled forest officials visiting the spot

Additional police have been called in to rescue the officers from the enraged protesters.

A massive task force of 200 people, 50 support staff, 2 elephants and 7 cars has been organised to capture the big cat. Cages with live and dead animals have been placed in a 25 sq.km area. 

Cameras have also been installed with the assistance of World Wildlife Foundation.

Sub-divisional magistrate Poornima Singh of Pilibhit said the forest officials had been working without a break to catch the tiger. “They even hit it with a tranquilizer gun, but it escaped,” she said.   

Pilibhit forest gained the status of a tiger reserve in 2014, and around 50 tigers inhabit the area.

However, unlike most other reserves, the forest has a 670 long boundary with no fencing and an unusually thin buffer zone. Forest officials have proposed an electric fencing, but work on it is yet to begin. This allows the big cats to easily come to human populated areas, reports The Hindustan Times.

Forest officers believe that one particular tiger has strayed from the forest and shifted to the nearby sugarcane fields, where the carnage has unfolded.

The tiger, however, has still proved itself elusive.

 Tiger kills two more farmers in Pilibhit  (video)

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