A 52-year-old fisherman was killed by a tiger in the Sunderbans today while he was catching crabs in a canal close to the reserve forest area. A forest department official said the fisherman was dragged away by a big cat from his boat.
The tiger however left the man bleeding after being chased by other fishermen. But by the time the fisherman could be rescued, he had died, the official said. The victim, who hailed from Basanti block in South 24 Parganas district, had gone to the spot with a valid permit for fishing. This was the second incident of tiger attack in the Sunderbans since the first week of August. Earlier, a man from Kumirmari was killed in a tiger attack while fishing in a creek surrounded by mangrove trees.