The state forest department has finally managed to trap the Royal Bengal tiger that strayed into Kultali block in South 24- Parganas and struck terror in the hearts of local villagers.
Residents of Kultali, after sleepless nights, today agreed that they can finally sleep and resume their daily life which was disrupted ever since they spotted a tiger roaming in the vegetation while its occasional roar broke the silence of the night. Kultali lies in the Sundarbans belt and the forest department believes the tiger must have reached the village in search of food.
However, ever since the tiger was spotted and the state forest department was informed, a massive search operation was launched to ensure the security of both humans and the animal. Traps were laid, net barriers were set up and crackers were burst to force the tiger out of the thick vegetation of the land but the tiger mostly managed to escape capture.
Two tranquillisers were immediately pumped into it that eventually made it unconscious within a few minutes.
The tiger was later put into a cage wrapped with black cloth and taken to an animal health care facility at Bonny camp in the Jharkhali area of Sunderbans for medical test, a forest official said. It regained consciousness while it was being taken for medical check-up on a boat. It is expected to be released in Dhulibhasani jungle on Wednesday.