Kendrapara, July 16 (LocalWire): :A 45-year-old man was killed by a crocodile while he was taking bath in the river Bramahani in Sahupada village near Bhitarkanika National Park on Tuesday.
This is the sixth crocodile attack near the park this year.
‘Subash Baral was swiftly dragged away by the crocodile.
Some villagers raised an alarm and tried to save him but in vain,’ said Mahadev Baral, a villager
Locals, forest guards and fire brigade personnel launched a search for him on Tuesday.
‘Bhitarkanika, a vast tract of forest and saltwater swamp is home to around 1742 salt water crocodiles according to the reptile census this year.
In the recent months, many crocodiles strayed out of the park and entered the rivers, creeks and other water bodies to lay eggs,’ said Bimal Prasan Acharya, the Divisional Forest Officer of the park
‘We warned people residing in riverside villages not to enter the water bodies of Bhitarkanika and its nearby areas as they are infested with estuarine crocodiles.
We also erected barricades in 30 ponds and river ghats to prevent crocodiles from attacking humans,’ added the forest officer.
‘The forest department will provide Rs four lakh compensation to the family of the victim after inquiry,’ he added.