Madikeri (Karnataka), Mar 18: The killer tiger that spread terror and killed a number of cattle in South Kodagu district for nearly two months, has been trapped by the forest department personnel. The team had laid trap by placing a cage with the carcass of a bullock inside and the tiger walked into the trap last night, officials said.
The big cat had caused sleepless nights to the people in the villagers bordering Nagarahole National Park. The cage was kept in the paddy fields of one Aiyanna near Tarelu village. He had lost one of his cows two days ago.
"I heard a heavy thud early last night and on inspection along with some villagers we saw the tiger ultimately being caged. We are relieved," said Aiyanna. Word went round and people started to gather in hundreds since last night. The department personnel also arrived at the spot and said that the tiger would be shifted to Mysore today.
Tension prevailed in the village today as people who have gathered in large number decided not to allow officials to shift the tiger.
They demanded compensation to be paid on the spot to the victims who have lost their live stock. The tiger had so far killed around 32 cows and buffalo. People were demanding that they be paid Rs 15,000 each.
They are also demanded the Virajpet DFO to visit the spot and withdraw the complaints registered against a journalist and a planter.
The duo had been to his office to collect the details about the tiger attack. A furious DFO had allegedly abused them and lodged a complaint stating that they disturbed him while carrying out official duty.
The protesting villagers refused to allow shifting of tiger even after the Circle Inspector promised them that they will not take up the case.