The Bangalore Mirror in a interesting story has asked the Question – Who killed the tiger?
A day after gunning down the ‘man-eater’ of Bheemghad in Khanapur taluk of Belagavi reserve forest, the forest department is now facing the unsettling question of who actually shot the tiger. Leaving forest officials in a quandry, Khanapur MLA Arvind Patil claimed that it was a local villager who shot the elusive tiger in the later hours of Sunday. But officials who were overseeing the operations maintained that it was their field staff that killed the tiger.
According to villagers, even though forest officials achieved a breakthrough in locating the tiger using Soliga tribals, the tiger was already dead and officials only fired at the already slain tiger!
Khanapur MLA Arvind Patil claimed that it was the villagers who killed the tiger. “It was a local villager, Taanaji Patil, who shot the tiger in the head resulting in its death,” Patil clarified.
Now the Question Who killed the Tiger?
Last rites were done on the Tiger at the Nagargali forest ranger in the presence of forest officials.