Umaria (MP) | A Royal Bengal tiger with rare blue eyes was today found dead here, officials said. The big cat was a major attraction for its eyes at the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BTR). While officials claimed the tiger died in what was a fallout of a territorial fight, but an NGO claimed it fell victim to an overdose of sedatives.
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Shahbaz Ahmad confirmed that the tiger was dead. I have come to know that it (the tiger) died in a territorial fight with other big cat. I am checking it out. Right now I am at Panna Tiger Reserve, Ahmad said.
Despite several attempts BTR field director K Raman Shrivastava could not be reached. Madhya Pradesh Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Narendra Kumar said he was unaware of the development as he was out of Bhopal. As per reports, the tiger had mauled two forest officials at the park’s nearby area after which it was tranquilised for shifting it to the reserve.
Seeking a high-level inquiry into the tiger’s death Ajay Dubey of NGO Prayatna, alleged that the animal, having rare blue eyes was carelessly tranquilised with overdose of sedative leading to its death. I have lodged a complaint with National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) seeking a high-level probe into the death, he said. Dubey claimed that 18 tigers had died in the 13 months.