Kendrapara, Sept 15 (LocalWire): A 58-year-old farmer survived a crocodile attack on Saturday evening after he put up a fight with the reptile for 10 minutes in the river Govari under Mahakalapada forest range near Bhitarkanika national park.
A six-foot-long estuarine crocodile tried to drag him into the deep but he fought bravely and saved himself.
Bhajakrushna Pradhan of Jalakana village was taking bath after farming his field near the river along with some farmers when the reptile grabbed his hand.
Other farmers heard his cry for help and came to his rescue.
‘Bhajakrushna was in waist-deep water when the reptile pounced on him and he sustained injuries in his leg.
He was saved as the reptile gave in after some locals threw stones at the crocodile,’ said Mahaven Pradhan, an eyewitness.
Bhajakrushna, who is undergoing treatment at the Primary Health Centre at Mahakalapada, struggled to recount the horrifying experience.
‘I escaped the jaws of the reptile by pricking its eyes,’ Bhajakrushna said in a feeble voice.
He said after pricking its eyes the crocodile loosened its grip that enabled him to escape.
Attending doctors said his life is out of danger and he is responding well to treatment.