Tamil Nadu: The first bench of Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjeev Banerjee and Justice PD Audikesvalu on Tuesday ordered the forest department to nab the alleged killer tiger alive. Efforts are on for the past one week to nab the hiding tiger in Pahari Udhagamandalam of the Nilgiris district, which has reportedly killed four people and 12 cattle. After the High Court order, the state government said, there is no plan to kill the tiger coded T-23.
Earlier, public prosecutor P Muthukumar told the judges that there was no plan to kill or cripple the animal. Efforts are on to capture the animal alive in the Mudumalai area and study its psychology and behavior to assess what future course of treatment can be adopted.
The bench said a status report should be filed on the matter being presented immediately after the court reopens after the upcoming Dussehra holiday on October 21. While efforts are on to catch the tiger to the cat, it has given the slip to nearly 100 forest department employees and officials, including a few more elephants from Kerala's special task force, for over a week.