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Koraput: Villagers of Bagderi in Koraput’s Kundura block are living in fear as two crocodiles from the village pond have been venturing into the village in search of food for the past four days.
According to the villagers, the crocodiles move out of the pond between 1 pm and 2 pm and at night in search of food. Though the critters have not attacked any villager, people have blamed the forest department for not paying heed to their problem.
“On Wednesday, we sighted a crocodile ambling towards the village and informed the forest department,” said Arjun Nayak, a villager. Villagers spotted a crocodile dead near the pond on Thursday morning. “The reptile had probably died after being hit by some vehicle on Wednesday night. We are panicky now,” he added.
Villagers said children fear going to school because it is situated just 50 metres from the pond and the possibility of the crocodile venturing inside the school campus cannot be be ruled out. “Though we have informed the forest officials, little has been done to contain the crocodiles,” said Anant Majhi, another villager.
However, forest officials said the situation is being closely monitored and necessary steps are being taken to ensure that the crocodiles do not harm any villager. “During the winter, sometimes crocodiles come out to bask in the sun and we have deployed two of our staffs near the pond. Steps are being taken to protect the villagers,” said N P J Singh, divisional forest officer, Jeypore. Admitting that a crocodile has died after being hit by some unknown vehicle, the officer said a case of unnatural death has been registered and investigation is on.





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