Kendrapara, Dec 18 (LocalWire): A fisherman was injured by a salt-water crocodile while he was fishing in the river Govari within Mahakalapada forest range in Bhitarkanika National Park.
Brajakishor Pradhan was saved by other fishermen and admitted to the Community Health Centre, Mahakalapada. Doctors said he is out of danger.
‘We attacked the reptile with bamboo sticks and it lost its grip on Pradhan,’ said Sarat Behera, a fisherman.
‘The forest department will bear the cost of treatment of the man injured in the crocodile attack,’ said Divisional Forest Officer of Bhitarkanika National Park, Bikash Ranjan Dash.
‘We have warned riverside villagers not to enter rivers, creeks and other water bodies of Bhitarkanika and its nearby areas as it is infested with ferocious estuarine crocodiles,’ added the forest officer.
The exact figures on crocodile attacks are unavailable in the forest department but locals believe that at least 9-10 people are killed or maimed by crocodiles each year. ‘Most of the cases are not reported and people just go missing,’ said Narayan Haldar, former sarpanch of Kharinashi gram panchayat, one of the areas hit hardest by crocodile attacks.