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Tiger attacks in Banke: 3 people killed in 3 months

File: A tiger kept at a holding centre of Banke National Park as escaped. The tiger to date has killed seven people.
File: A tiger kept at a holding centre of Banke National Park as escaped. The tiger to date has killed seven people.

Banke, January 7

Three persons died in separate incidents of tiger attacks in the Banke district in the past three months, leaving the local residents there terrorised.

Leela Bista (52) of Prasona village in Rapti Sonari rural municipality-4 was attacked to death on Thursday. Bista was attacked while collecting grass along with two other locals in the Jalahan community forest on Thursday.

Two others escaped the site and informed the police about the tiger attack, it is said.

SP Shyam Krishna Adhikari says the tiger was found eating Bista. According to SP Adhikari, police personnel opened two rounds of firing to recover Bista’s body as the tiger did not run to the forest.

Prior to this, tigers had eaten two persons from the Gabhar and Narainapur areas of the Banke National Park.

Local residents say tigers are spotted in the community forests near the national park with the rise in tiger population.

On Wednesday, Durga Tharu (30) of Baijapur in Rapti Sonari rural municipality-4 was attacked by a tiger, but she escaped with several wounds on her body. Some days ago, a tiger also attacked a teacher in the forest in Rapti Sonari.

Meanwhile, the Banke National Park‘s Chief Conservation Officer Shyam Kumar Sah says elephants would be mobilised in the locations to chase away the tigers from today.

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