BELAGAVI: Tension gripped Madgai village of Khanapur taluk on Wednesday evening after a few villagers claimed to have spotted a tiger in the same territory where a 23-year-old woman of their village was killed by a tiger recently.
One of the eyewitnesses is Maruti Hanbar, the father-in-law of the deceased. Anjana Appanna Hanbar was killed by the tiger on December 24. The tiger was hunted down by the Forest Department on later December 28.
The tiger was released in Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary after it killed a woman in a coffee estate at Pandaravalli village in Chikkamagaluru district.
Others who claim to have spotted the tiger at Kargali forest at 5 pm on Wednesday are Channappa Hanbar, Bhairu Hanbar and Vilas Gurav. They said the tiger was larger than the dead one.
Bhairu said he even shouted to alert the farmers working in neighbouring fields. But his screams did not seem to have disturbed the tiger and it slowly through the fields. Gurav, who was alerted by the shouting, said he too spotted the tiger at a distance of about 200 metres.
A Forest Department team rushed to the spot, but did not find any signs of the tiger. The officials said there are about six to seven adult tigers and two to three cubs in Khanapur jungles.