Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kendrapara, June 8:
In the second incident of its kind in the last three weeks, a woman was killed yesterday in a crocodile attack inside the Bhitarkanika national park in Odisha’s Kendrapara district.
The 40-year-old fisherwoman, identified as Jyotirmayee Jena, was allegedly killed when an adult crocodile pounced on her in Kathua creek in Mahinsadiha forest block of the park yesterday afternoon while she was illegally fishing in prohibited waters, officials said today.
Later Jyotirmayee’s badly mutilated body was fished out by Forest department personnel, the officials added.
Though the victim’s family was not legally entitled to get ex-gratia compensation, the Forest department was considering compensating the bereaved family purely on humanitarian consideration, said Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya.
On May 20, 14-year-old Manoranjan Sahu, son of a daily-wage earner of Nalapari village lying on the fringes of the wildlife sanctuary, had been killed in a crocodile attack.
Officials said the victims of crocodile attacks are mostly those who trespass into the national park water bodies for fishing or collecting firewood and fall prey to crocodiles.