India: Tiger kills Bihar couple, mauls one more

Bettiah (Bihar): A couple was killed while one person was left critically injured in a tiger attack near the Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar’s west Champaran district.

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A forest official said the incident took place in Parsauni village adjoining the Manguraha forest area late Friday.

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Apparently a group of three set out for their field after dinner on Friday night to guard their rabi crops. As they were about to mount the ‘maachaan’ (a tree-top or elevated post to keep guard mainly in farmlands or forest areas), they were ambushed by a tiger.

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The woman in the group, identified as Khiria Devi, died on the spot while her husband Aklu Mahato succumbed in a hospital. The couple killed were in their 40s. One more person was badly mauled and left critically injured by the big cat.

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Hemkant Rai, Director of the Valmiki Tiger Reserve, on Saturday said a team of forest officials have already reached the village and Rai too will reach there soon.

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Permission is being sought to catch the rogue tiger. He said reasons behind the attack were also being examined.

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Three more people have died in similar attacks in the state recently.

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