In a shocking incident, a 10-yer-old boy was allegedly eaten by a giant crocodile in the Chambal river. The incident was reported from Sheopur of Madhya Pradesh on Monday.
The victim, identified as Antar Singh had gone swimming in the river on Monday morning.
Some villagers claimed to have seen the boy being dragged into the water by a giant crocodile.
Villagers capture crocodile to rescue the boy
As the word spread a large number of villagers gathered on the riverbank and started searching for the crocodile.
It was soon captured by the villagers who tied the crocodile up in an attempt to retrieve the boy.
The boy’s family insisted that he could be alive in the stomach and wanted to slit it open to ‘rescue’ him.
Videos posted on social media showed the crocodile tangled up in a fishing net, with a stick in its mouth and surrounded by a large number of villagers, including many carrying sticks.
Crocodile rescued by Police, Alligator Department
After receiving the information, a team of police and Alligator Department officials reached the spot.
After some convincing, they managed to persuade the villagers to free the crocodile which was later released into the water.
The area is part of the National Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, which is spread across 5,400 km² in three states and is home to the critically endangered gharial, the red-crowned roof turtle, and the endangered Ganges river dolphin.
Crocodile deaths in Kota
Last week the National Green Tribunal directed a joint committee to look into the water quality and legality of construction near Kala Talab in Rajasthan’s Kota, where media reported the deaths of over 50 crocodiles due to construction and beautification work.
“We direct a joint Committee of Member Secretary, State Pollution Control Board, and District Magistrate, Kota to further look into the matter after ascertaining the facts about water quality and legality of constructions in the area,” said the principal bench of NGT Chairperson, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel (retd).
The Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) Kota earlier denied the reports. “No evidence of the death of crocodile was found in the pond,” it said adding that the pond is not part of the Chambal Crocodile Sanctuary which is at a distance of 3.5 km from the Chambal river.