CITY BEATS

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
15 Nov 2017

Beast croc captured
After a tiring operation since Sunday, an expert team of the Department of Environment and Forest captured the 3.45 meter crocodile weighing about 500 kilos, which killed the  21-year-old private labourer, Bishnu Hari Mondal, a native of Midnapore in West Bengal. As per reports, the operation was supervised by Mr Suresh Vengapan, Range Officer who led his team comprising Deputy Ranger, Mr Manjit Singh, Abdul Razak, veterinary staff and YK Younus, forest guard. The team captured the killer crocodile at around 2 pm on Wednesday and shifted it to Mini Zoo, Haddo. Later following the request of the Deputy Conservator of Forest, the Coast Guard, A & N Region, deployed ICGS C-145, to relocate the reptile to protected environs at Sister Island. From the date of the tragic incident, the entire Forest Department has been on its toes to trace the body of the victim and the crocodile. YK Younus, forest guard laid a trap in water where the crocodile was expected to be found and the plan worked. Immediately after capturing the reptile, it was shifted to Haddo zoo for veterinary care and then released into protected surroundings. The Forest Department is committed to the development and safety of all islanders, said Mr Vengappan. (File Pix)

Goat killed in road mishap
Despite efforts of the civic body, a stray animal was killed in a road mishap on Wednesday. The accident occurred in the morning hours during rush traffic at Delanipur, opposite the petrol pump here. “Growing vehicular population and reckless driving has started to take a toll on commuters here. To add to the woes, irresponsible livestock owners are not adhering to repeated cautions by the civic body. The goat after being hit remained on the centre of the road for hours, but no one cared. The civic body should take more serious steps to contain stray cattle menace in the city,” said a resident of Delanipur.