Wayanad man, quizzed by forest department in tiger death case, found hanging

Representative image (1), Hari (2)

Wayanad: The man who was questioned by the forest department authorities in connection with the death of a tiger that was spreading fear in Ponmudikotta, was found dead. Ambukuthi native Hari was found hanging on Thursday morning. He was questioned by the forest department officials the previous day.

The 1.5-year-old tiger cub was found dead with a rope around his neck in a private land a week ago. The forest department had registered a case against the owner of the land Mohammed after the incident. The forest department filed the case against him after the post mortem of the tiger revealed it died because of strangulation from the knot around its neck.

However, Mohammed filed a complaint with the Ambalavalavu police seeking to find the people who got into his land and laid the trap. Following this, officials started probing those who found the carcass first.

An action committee that has been formed following the death of Hari will block the Bathery national highway on Thursday. Hari’s family alleged that after the questioning, he feared that he would be implicated in the case. The family also claimed he was under mental stress.

However, the forest department has rejected the allegations. Officials said that Hari has not been implicated in the case and that he was not made a witness. Officials said that they quizzed him for information and nothing else.

(Suicide is not a solution to any problem. Please seek the help of a mental health expert if you are in distress. Contact toll free number: 1056)

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