In a tragic accident tiger dragged away a forest official while he was overseeing a passage repair work and mauled him to death in Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park on Thursday. The incident took place around 11 a.m. while some labourers were repairing a passage in the reserve's Kundal area, some 150 km from Jaipur. The world famous reserve is home to about 50 tigers. The forester Gheesu Singh was with a group of laborers and had gone inside the forest for repairing a road damaged in the monsoons when male tiger T-24 attacked him from behind, grabbed him by the neck and hauled him away.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for Singh’s next of kin. In fact, even UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is said to have enquired about Singh and his family and urged the government to do all it can. This is T-24's fourth attack in three years. Earlier, the mauled body of a boy was recovered from behind the Jhumar Bawri area and it was suspected that T-24 was behind the attack. Two more instances were recalled by officers of the forest department when T-24 had probably attacked and killed a woman and attacked and injured a forester.