Killer tiger seen near Nahargarh Palace hotel
Jaipur: Dominant male tiger T-24 was spotted near the Nahargarh Palace hotel a day after killing assistant forest officer Gheesu Singh at the Ranthambhore National Park.
Forest officials said that the tiger jumped outside the forest boundary and then walked to the Nahargarh Palace hotel before returning to the park once again.
The forest officials are constantly monitoring the tiger's movements after it attacked Gheesu Singh from among a group of labourers in the Kala Peela Pani area on Thursday. The official was dragged 25 metres into the woods before the search party jumped into the rescue and resorted to bursting crackers forcing the tiger to leave the body.
On Friday, the tiger was spotted near the booking tent in the Singhdwar before he jumped across the boundary wall and crossed the road on his way to the Nahargarh Palace hotel, before it finally re-entered the forest, Minister of forest and tourism Bina Kak revealed based on the report presented by the officials.
The movements of the tiger near the booking tent has raised concern among the rangers as large number of tourists enter the forest through this point, which is also used by hundreds of pilgrims visiting Ganesh temple and the fort.
Friday's incident has raised doubts on whether T-24 be allowed to roam freely around the park. Gheesu became the tiger's third victim after 23-year-old Ghamandi Lal Saini and 19-year-old Ashfaq Ahmed.
In order to avoid further confrontation, the forest department has closed route number 1 and another route within the tiger's territory. Officials are also holding talks with experts from the Wildlife Institute of India and local people to understand the tiger's behavioural patterns.
Kak, meanwhile, announced that two more tigers will be relocated from the park to Sariska in order to ease tensions between the tigers in Ranthambhore.