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Tigress Sundari all set to return to Madhya Pradesh by September 15

Angul: A day after the Royal Bengal Tigress ‘Sundari’ which was relocated from Madhya Pradesh to Satkosia in a pilot inter-State transfer in the country allegedly mauled a woman at Hatibari under Tikarapada range in Satkosia forest here, the Angul district administration on Thursday decided to send it back to MP by September 15.

“Translocated tigress Sundari is likely to be returned to Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh by September 15,” informed Angul Collector Anil Samal.

Samal said Rs 4 lakh compensation will be provided to the victim’s kin as per Government policy.

The 27-month-old Royal Bengal tigress Sundari was relocated to Satkosia from Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh as part of the State Government’s initiative to revive the big cat population in the State on August 17.

Notably, Kailashi Sai of Hatibari village in Tikarpara range under Anugul district went missing when she was taking a bath in a pond on Wednesday morning. A search by locals found her body, which they claim bore injury marks that could only be made by a big animal like tiger.

On Wednesday, a few angry locals burnt Hatibari beat house of the forest department and thrashed forest officials. Today the angry mob staged road blockade in Satkosia demanding adequate compensation and relocation of the tigress.

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