Guwahati: A carcass of a Royal Bengal Tiger which was said to have been gunned down by forest guards was traced near Japoripothar, Karuabari in Kaziranga.
As per forest officials, the adult tiger was shot by forest guards in self defense. The tiger came out of the Kaziranga National Park and was seen near a village. The forest department was informed by the villagers about the presence of the tiger and accordingly, a team was sent to the said location.
On reaching the location, the forest guards tracked the tiger and measures to send the tiger back to the village were undertaken. But, the tiger by then had came into a very close proximity to the team.
The tiger had attempted to attack the forest guards and left with no choice, the forest guards shot at the tiger in self defense.
Senior forest officials said that the incident had taken place on Wednesday and the carcass was found on Friday. The tiger was old and there were chances that it was no longer in a condition to hunt. Due to its conditions, the big cat had strayed out of the wild looking for livestock which are easy prey for such animals.
Kaziranga Field Director, P Sivakumar speaking about the entire issue said that an enquiry has already been initiated to track if there were any lapses during the operation.