In yet another incident, a woman was mauled by a tiger right in front of her husband when the duo had ventured into the forest to collect mahua flowers.
This is the sixth such death in the last 12 days and 15th death since January 1, 2020, in the region. The villages are losing life for petty amounts which they get from the sale of mahua. The state government will have to pay Rs90 lakh towards compensation to these victims.
On Saturday, two women engaged in the collection of mahua flowers were killed in separate incidents near Navegaon-Nagzira and Tadoba-Andhari tiger reserves.
On Sunday, woman laborer Mamta Shende (38) was mauled by a tiger early in the morning in reserve forest compartment 312 in Sawarla. The incident occurred 2.5km away from the village.
The victim’s husband Naresh shouted for help but could not save his wife. He somehow managed to carry her to the road but by the time Mamta had died. The spot is near the Umred-Karhandla-Paoni wildlife sanctuary.
Bhandara deputy conservator of forests (DyCF) Vivek Hoshing said, “We have handed over Rs25,000 as immediate help to the victim’s family. The villagers in the area have been told not to venture deep into the forest for mahua collection.”
Since April 8, this is the sixth incident where a mahua collector has died. Four people have died in the last four days.
April 8: Yamunabai Gaikwad (Satara)
April 14: Anand Uikey (Ghatpendhri)
April 16: Gyaneshwar Kamble (Armori)
April 18: Nivrutti Mandavgade (Borda)
April 18: Anita Tumsare (Mangezari)
April 19: Mamta Shende (Sawarla)
(With inputs from timesofindia)