Midnapore: The carcass of the tiger hunted down by tribal villagers in West Midnapore’s Baghgora forest has been found to have multiple skull fractures that were possibly caused by repeated blows to the head with blunt objects.
State Forest department has lodged an FIR with the police in connection with the death of the Royal Bengal Tiger whose body was found at Baghghora forest, few kilometres away from Lalgarh with multiple injuries in its body on Friday.
The post-mortem report hints that the skull of the tiger was crushed with a heavy substance. Injury marks also suggested that the tribes who took part in the hunting festival attacked the animal with various weapons.
The report states that these fractures and a spear injury to the neck caused the tiger’s death.The viscera report, which is expected in a few days, will reveal whether the tiger had been poisoned. The carcass was incinerated at the Arabari forest range on Saturday.
The Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 states that “no person shall hunt any wild animal specified in schedules I, II, III and IV except as provided under section 11 and section 12”. The tiger is a protected species under Schedule 1.
A Police and forest department have started a probe and are trying to identify the hunters who had attacked the Royal Bengal Tiger. The duo who have been injured are also being interrogated by the police.