A middle age man was killed in a crocodile attack in Kendrapara district of Odisha on Wednesday. As per the officials, the 48 year old named Harihar Swain was taking bath in the Baitarani river in Khola village when the crocodile pounced upon him.
The officials said that his disfigure body was later fished out from the river by fire brigade personnel. To which, they said that this is the third death in crocodile attacks at riverside villages on the periphery of Bhitarkanika National Park within last one and a half month.
Reportedly in last one year, around eight people were killed and several others maimed in attacks by salt water crocodiles in the area.
The officials added that the death’s family will be given rupees 4 lakh as compensation according to a government scheme on such
deaths. A forest official said that fatal assaults by the reptiles and consequent retributory attacks by humans has become a common feature in this region of the state.
He also said that these mishaps often happen when the victims infringe into the habitat of the wildlife for illegal fishing, poaching,
firewood collection and honey collection. The subsequent loss of human lives is most recorded during the monsoon and winter months which is the nesting season for the estuarine crocodiles.
The forest official also said that the crocodile population in Bhitarkanika at present is 1,768.