Kolkata: The state Forest department has engaged local youths who would keep a vigil on the Royal Bengal Tiger from treetops in the forests of Lalgarh and adjoining areas. The youths from the forest committee were seen on treetops to watch the animal and inform the Forest department officials through their mobile phones in case they manage to trace it.
Two youths will be kept on each treetop within a gap of 100 meters. They will keep a vigil throughout the day and would go home after sundown. Earlier, drones were used to spot the tiger but the move turned futile as they failed to find out any trace in the dense forest. The new step was taken from Saturday after the tiger injured three persons at Baghghora jungle in West Midnapore on Friday afternoon.
The tiger was spotted inside a pit by the locals who went into the forest to collect produce. The Royal Bengal Tiger has been on the prowl in the forests spreading over the three districts of West Midnapore, Jhargram and Bankura for more than a month.
On Friday, it was a near miss for the state Forest department officials after the tiger was spotted by the villagers who claimed that they managed to spread a big net on it. Later it tore off and fled before the Forest department officials could tranquillize the animal. The big cat once again evaded capture. Kotwali police and a team of 15 divisional forest officers led by District Forest Officer (DFO) Rabindranath Saha rushed to the spot and begun a combing operation in the area.
Till Saturday evening, the tiger was not captured. The villagers have been told not to venture into the forest. Three persons — Nanadalal Soren and Panda Murmu and Sudan Soren who received serious injuries are undergoing treatment at the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital.