Kerala Congress vice chairman Joseph M Puthussery in talk with Reji John, Reji John | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Ranni (Pathanamthitta): A rubber tapping employee had a narrow escape from a tiger attack in Ranni, Pathanamthitta. Reji John, who headed for tapping work in a rubber plantation in the area, had a close call with the big cat around 6.30 am on Wednesday.
As per reports, the tiger, which was spotted in the plantation, charged towards Reji while he was tapping. Quickly, Reji tried to climb a nearby rubber tree, but slipped and fell down. Following which, he ran towards a house around 30 metres away and locked himself up in the bathroom.
“On hearing the sounds of monkeys, I bursted crackers to scare them away. Monkeys are often seen in the area. But, as they continued to make noise even after bursting crackers, I knew that something was off. That's when I saw the tiger standing behind me, at a distance of 10 feet,” recalled Reji, who was later shifted to a private hospital after he felt uneasiness around noon, the other day.
Cages were set up in areas where the tiger was spotted earlier, including Perunadu and Vadaserikara, but to no avail. In addition to wild tuskers and tigers, wild boar menace is also prevalent in the area. These animals have been spotted around four kilometres away from Vadaserikara Town.
Meanwhile, former MLA Raju Abraham demanded that the tiger that has been posing threat to locals must be killed. “The tapping worker had a narrow escape, thanks to his luck. However, things should not reach a situation where people lose patience and take law into their own hands,” he said.
KPCC secretary Rinku Cherian also asserted that if proper action is not taken to curb wildlife menace in the area, then strong protests will be launched by the party.