Kakdwip (West Bengal): A fisherman was mauled to death and half eaten by a tiger at Pirkhali area of the Sunderbans in South 24 Parganas district of this state, a forest department official said Sunday.
Fifty-two-year old Anil Mandal was catching crabs and shrimps along with two other fishermen when a Royal Bengal Tiger (RBT) pounced on him and dragged him away Saturday noon, the official said.
The two other fishermen, who fled from the spot, later came back to the area along with forest department personnel and recovered the partially eaten body of Mondal.
Eyewitnesses said, a passing tourist vessel had warned the fishermen about movement of three tigers in the area a short while ago but they could not leave the spot with their fishing nets on time.
The forest official said, the department is verifying if the fishermen had valid permits for fishing activities in the area.
This incidentally the third tiger attack death in the Sundarbans in the last one month. It has been said that the Sundarbans tigers are born man-eaters and they hunt human beings as they are easiest of prey.