Kendrapara, August 27 (LocalWire): The half-eaten body of the man who was pulled away by a saltwater crocodile on Sunday has been found in the river Brahmani near the village Nilakanthapur under Pattamundai block today.
Chandan De is the seventh victim of growing crocodile attacks in the riverside villages near Bhitarkanika National Park this year.
The mangled remains of his body was found near the river bank with the crocodile consuming some portions of the body.
Bhitarkanika, a vast tract of forest and saltwater swamp is home to around 1742 salt water crocodiles as per this year’s reptile census.
In recent months several crocodiles strayed out of the park and entered the rivers, creeks and other water bodies during monsoon, said Bikash Ranjan Dash, the divisional forest officer of the park.
‘We do not think crocodiles are a risk to public if people keep out of the waters but if people enter the waters, their safety cannot be guaranteed, reiterated Dash.
Sporadic crocodile attacks have been reported from Aul, Rajnagar, Pattamundai and Rajkanika adjoining Bhitarkanika.
Many residents reported seeing more salt water crocodiles than usual as the reptiles strayed from the national park recently.
The riverside villagers eke out their livelihoods by fishing in the rivers but due to crocodile menace their fate is now at stake, said Jagannath Acharya of Pattamundai.