The mob had attacked forest personnel, including local forest range officer while keeping some of them hostage, besides policemen and local journalists. They said forest officers were overlooking the fact that some tigers had turned into man-eaters. Two motorized vessels and a dozen vehicles owned by the department were also set on fire, said officials. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were issued to bring situation under control. Amod Lakda (55), posted at Karchulia village's government middle school, was attacked by the tiger in the buffer area near a water tank inside Khitouli range. He was a native of Chhattisgarh's Jashpur area.
Villagers claim this was the fourth incident of an attack by a big cat. Forest officers had been ignoring their pleas to shift the tiger. They say the matter was taken with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, but in vain.
"Extensive damage has been caused to forest department property. The death of a teacher following tiger attack provoked people to go berserk," said Narendra Kumar, chief wildlife warden.
Meanwhile forest officers have launched hunt for the tiger for shifting it to a safe location.
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