Tiger snatches man off boat, leaps back into Sunderbans jungle


KOLKATA: The danger of venturing into the prohibited areas of Sunderbans was revealed again on Thursday morning when a tiger jumped from the bank of a creek and leapt back with a man in its jaws. This is the fourth time that a human was killed by a tiger in the Sunderbans this year.


The victim, 62-year-old Sushil Majhi, lived in Lahiripur near Datta river, less than kilometre from a creek that runs deep into the forest. Along with his son Jyotish, 40, and adopted daughter Molina, Majhi would often row up the creek to catch crabs.


On Thursday, at the crack of dawn, the three set out on a boat to the forests of Kholakhali, an area where fishing is banned.


Jyotish sat in front of the boat, Sushil in the middle and Molina at the tai. That is how they balanced the vessel while pulling in the net.


"Shortly after we reached the spot, around 7am, we got a whiff of a strange odour. We immediately decided to turn back to a safer zone," Jyotish told TOI. They were paddling towards a less dense area when a tiger that had been stalking them struck like lightning.


"Suddenly, my sister cried out: 'Dada, bagh (tiger)'. I was stunned, and my body froze. All I saw a flash of yellow. It took me a moment to register the gruesome sight before me. My father was completely buried under the beast. I could only see his legs thrashing about. I shook off my numbness and grabbed a stick. Molina, too, took out a long cutter we use to clear foliage in the jungle. Together, we poked and battered the tiger, but it refused to give up," he said.


Despite being attacked, the tiger concentrated on its kill and once it got a good grip, it held Majhi by his neck and jerked the body in a way that it landed on its back, said Jyotish. "It jumped off and landed on the bank in one giant leap. We saw it disappear into the jungle with my father still in its jaws," he added, shaking from the ordeal.


Jyotish and Molina raised the alarm and some fishermen paddled furiously in their direction.


"But they didn't dare chase the tiger into the deep woods. Molina was so traumatized that she lost consciousness. I didn't take any further risk and returned with her as quickly as possible," said Jyotish.


Majhi's body is unlikely to be recovered, as countless other human victims before him.


Sunderbans Tiger Reserve field director Soumitra Dasgupta said there were reports of a tiger attacking a fisherman on Thursday morning.


"Fishing is banned in the forests where the incident took place," he said.



Sushil Kumar (Bangalore)

Strange, this boat did not loose its balance when the tiger jumped in, this tiger is an acrobat,it came from circus. What a story. Next time please take care when imagination is translated into letters.


Suresh ()

Why they went in the banned area for fishing. The men greed has no end. Gandhi truly said, "The earth gives enough to feed everyone but its still not enough to feed a singles greed". I wish a good help for the victim family and RIP for the hunt.

为什么他们要去禁区捕魚。人的贪婪是无底洞。甘地说得对,“地球提供的食物足够所有人吃喝,但填不满一个贪欲”。我希望受害家属能得到很好的帮助, 从此没有打猎。

Kallol (Location)

Lack of food makes Tiger to attack human establishments and humans


Muralli (Location)

it may be a story woven to claim the compensation of 5 ;lakhs.


Ravi Menon (Canada)

Paid for not following the instructions. We Indians like to break rules and ask WHY or WHY NOT?This is what happens.Only the family to blame. Honestly no sympathy

拿了钱去违规。我们印度人喜欢破坏规章制度、问'为什么' 或'为什么不'?现在发生的事情就是这样。唯有那户人家该受遣责,老实说,一点也不同情

Kallol (Location) replies to Ravi Menon

Some educated people like you just comment arrogantly without knowing the facts about your country. You absolutely have no idea about the life of the people in Sunderbans. There are several such incidents which happen regularly. Life in Sunderbans is like humans co-existing with the wild. People in these areas thrive on fishing and in many situations poor fishermen and women have been dragged by crocodiles while collecting prawns, attacked by tigers and other animals while connecting honey, its often tigers prowl on cattle in households.

一些象你这样受过教育的人就会傲慢的发表评论,对自己国家的实际情况一无所知。你对桑德班斯人民的生活情况绝对一点也不了解。类似事件已有数起, 常常发生。桑德班斯的生活就好比人类与野生环境共存。这些地区的人们靠打魚繁延生活,许多情况下,穷苦漁民渔妇在打捞虾子时会被鳄鱼拖走;采蜜时会被老虎和其它动物攻击,老虎还时时偷杀民居中的牛。

Parjanya (Location)

This is very sad indeed! Sunderbans, owing to its unique geography, makes intervention extremely difficult... in most cases, the tiger would be tranquilized and rehabilitated... but in the case of Sunderbans, such interventions often become impossible! It's no use blaming the animal, or the people who are driven by utter poverty to venture into 'danger zones' to seek a livelihood... for most of these poor villagers, death simply becomes another inevitability, a stark reality as life moves on...

确实让人伤心!桑德班斯, 因其独特的地理位置,使得干预极为困难…大多数情况下,这种虎要用镇静剂或关养调训, 但在桑德班斯,这种干预常常变得不可能!责怪野兽或是那些被极度贫困所迫去'危险地带'找生活的人都没用…对大多数当地穷村民来说,死亡根本就是另一种无可奈何、求生所面对的严酷现实…

jon track (USA)

Actaully law should be made if you enter tiger zone u will be shoot to kill to be feed to tiger if tiger not attacked u yet. one tiger's life is equivalent to more than 1 lacs loser human lives breeding like rats.


Jaleel Mujtaba (tabuk, saudi arabia) replies to jontrack

jon track of usa and india, tiger parts good medicinal values. ask any Chinese he will give lakhs for tiger claws. these man eaters are fit to be shot.

美国和印度的jon track,老虎浑身都有药用价值。随便问哪个中国人, 他都愿出几十万来买虎爪。这些食人兽真该击毙。

adip (mumbai)

Kill all tigers they are man eaters and a growing nuciance


andiappan_eee (Location) replies to adip

Why should they be killed. It is only because we human beings that they are turning into man eaters (no food and space for Tigers due to our urbanisation). so if punishment is to be given it must be for us and not for the tigers.


Kallol (Location) replies to jon track

These humans are poor fishermen who venture for jungle resources like honey, prawn, wild fruits etc to make their living and not mere trespassers.


girishck2005 (bangalore)

It is a man eater, needs to be shot dead before it kills any more people.

它是食人兽 ,要在下次伤人前击毙。

Rahul Srinivas (Mumbai, Maharashtra) replies to girishck2005

Tigers own the planet as much as any human does. The man was in its territory. I won't say he deserved to die - but he shouldn't have been there. Can't blame the tiger here. Of course, I feel sad for the victim and his family.

老虎就象所有人一样,占住地球一处。那男子在它领地。我不会说他该死 - 但他不该去。这事不能怪虎。当然,我为受害者及其家属难受。

girishck2005 k replies to Rahul Srinivas

But the tiger becomes a man eater, when it tastes human flesh and blood.


Kallol (Location) replies to girishck

Not necessarily. Its a myth. Lack of prey causes tigers to attack humans. They prey on whichever animals are available.


mohinder (Location)

Tigers are pre-programmed to kill. That is their nature. The victim should not approached prohibited area.


Sunil (bbsr) replies to mohinder

tiger are generally not programmed to kill human being... but once it turns a man eater it needs to be killed/ captured..... the man eating tiger will go any length to kill human


Suman P (India)

No fault of the animal


Suman P (India)

such type of tigers is needed in every forest,national parks,reserve forest to stop poaching


chanregister ()

Rules are there to follow and not to be broken. Such a waste of life. At least hereafter people will stop venturing into prohibited areas.


JyotsnaShah ()

Its the human greed which has brought the tigers to this.....when the villagers know its a banned area y venture in the area.....its sad that a human life is lost but the reason is himself .....


Jigyasu Gyan (Unknown)

Obeying rules makes life simple and safe ..


Kunal (Bangalore)

Waiting for Congis and AAPtards to blame Modi.


anonymous (India)

I suspect the tiger to be a Muslim. Why wd he attack a Hindu? Also, during Congress we did not have this nonsense. Biwi had made them Vegetarians. I also see the sinister hand of ISI at play...

我怀疑这虎是msl. 干吗它袭击印度教徒?还有,国大党执政时沒有这种怪事。Biwi把他们弄成吃素的。我还看到ISI的罪恶之手…

abhi_guess (Hyderabad) replies to anonymous

Appreciate your sarcasm but 90% of human violence deaths around the world are still caused by Muslims


anmol (India)

Frightening and like a movie. Sad.


masud05me (Location)

I don't see any necessity to keep the tigers alive... Tigers are disturbing the people of India for centuries....All the tigers should be killed....they only bring sorrows to human life....The life of human is far more valuable than this carnivorous beast...!!


Suman P (India) replies to masud05me

u deserve to be fed to the animals


sniperngp (Location) replies to masud05me

u shuld be hanged by your b00ls on a tree and left for the tigers to eat u, u b@@ldy katbulla. u ppl think of only hunting and killing and rapin u have a sick pigshit mindset.


Name (Location) replies to masud05me

ru drunk


Name (Location) replies to masud05me

madarc****d humans like u deserve to be fed to the animals


Name ()

Simple you go to a tiger's home, tiger will kill you. If the tiger comes close you will kill the tiger.


Saravanan ()
Idiots, why you people go there? Tigers lives on preys only and u go and u will also be prey. You cannot blame tiger.


Deepak Kaushal (Mandeville, Louisiana) replies to Saravanan

poverty forces people to do things. Lets not be too harsh in our judgement. its a sad case.


Name ()

Suprising no one is blaming the politics.. Ok 'l wait!!


paul (blr)

dont mess with the big brother!!


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