Maha woman forest guard killed in tigress attack (Ld) – Chandrapur (Maharashtra) News
The tragedy occurred when the officer – recognized as Swati Dumane, 31 – together with three different beat colleagues from Kolara Forest Range of TATR, was conducting a tiger rely in the neighborhood, mentioned Jitendra Ramgaonkar, Chief Conservator of Forests, TATR.
Around 7 a.m., Dumane and her three beat helpers launched an indication survey as a part of the All India Tiger Estimation-2022 train at the moment underway, he mentioned.
After trudging round 4 km from the Kolara gate until compartment No 97 contained in the TATR core space, the staff noticed a tigress sitting on the trail forward of them, barely 200 metres away.
They waited for nearly half an hour for the tigress to maneuver, however later, determined to take a detour via a thick patch of the forest, Ramgaonkar mentioned.
Upon noticing the human actions, the tigress adopted them and attacked Dumane from the rear aspect as she was shifting simply behind the three beat helpers.
Even because the trio forward realised what was occurring, the tigress fatally mauled and dragged Dumane deep contained in the jungle.
The beat helpers knowledgeable the seniors exterior the forest who rushed to the spot and managed to hint out Dumane’s physique from a thickly wooded space the place it was deserted by the tigress.
“The body has been sent for autopsy at the Chimur Government Hospital. The AITE-2022 exercise of sign survey and transect walk on foot has been suspended in TATR till further notice and precautions to avoid such incidents are being taken,” Ramgaonkar mentioned.
“Dumane hailed from the adjoining Gadchiroli district and is survived by her husband and a 4-year-old daughter. She joined the Forest Department service in 2011. The TATR foundation has released an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for her family,” Maharashtra Vanrakshak-Vanpal Association, Chandrapur President Pradip Kodape instructed IANS.
The Forest Department is offering all help to the bereaved household and her final rites had been carried out with full honours this night.