While the 2020 memories of the death of tigers that hit Mhadei Sanctuary still afresh, another tiger has been spotted in the Sural area of Sattari taluka.
The development has created a stir among the locals soon after the news spread that the camera installed by the Forest Department has shown that the tiger is roaming around.
After the revelation, the Forest department is making all efforts to ensure that the tiger is not harmed.
Meanwhile, iIt has come to light that DCF Mr Kunal has started an inquiry into how the news reached the media.
Hectic activities were seen outside the Forest Department office since Wednesday morning, but it is unknown what decision has been taken in this regard.
After the death of five tigers at Dhangarwada in Golavali in the Thane Panchayat area in January 2021, the Forest department had to face severe criticism. The result of that inquiry is yet to be out.
Sources now said that it has become quite clear that there are more tigers than expected in the sanctuary.
Four days ago, a video of a tiger roaming in the vicinity of a teak tree in Sural, a short distance from the population, went viral.
The important thing is that as the curfew is currently in place and entering, the sanctuary area is prohibited.
However, now a senior level investigations have been launched to find out who took the video of the tiger and how it went viral.
RFO Narayan Prabhudesai clarified that as the video went viral, senior officials of the Forest Department took serious note of it.
He has also expressed doubts that the video of the viral is from Sural village.
“However, a full inquiry is underway in this regard, and the issue will be clarified soon,” Prabhudesai told reporters here.
Five tigers were killed at Golvali in January 2020 allegedly due to poisoning.
Locals say the tiger attacked the cow of the Dhangar family in the Dhangarwada area.
Although the sanctuary was notified in 1999, environmentalists say no boundaries of the sanctuary have not been demarcated yet.
The question now is whether the government will protect the tigers that are seen in Sural?