Forest officials begin probe on viral video of tiger chasing a biker
Pullpally: A probe by the forest department to check the authenticity of the video clipping of a tiger chasing a bike traveller on the Sulthan-Bathery-Pulpally road has begun. The viral video began doing the rounds on Saturday evening. The media from Karnataka has reported that the incident happened at Bandipur forest area.
The probe by the forest officials began after suspicions started about the origin of the video and from where it was captured. Though there were reports that the incident happened at Pambra or at Vattapadi areas, the forest officials have not confirmed it. There are also rumours that the video was taken by forest watchermen. If the forest officials have recorded the video, then action would be taken against them.
Though the incident was reported on the Bathery side, reports by locals and social media point out that the incident did not happen there. Two students had said that forest officials had prevented them from venturing into the forest because of tiger being spotted in the area. But when the video became viral and when search began, this could have happened, opine some.
There are also allegations that travellers would have switched on the mobile camera to capture the tiger coming to know about the presence of the cat. But environmentalist say there have been no incidents of tiger attack in the area so far. In Wayanad forest area, it is a common sight to see tigers criss-crossing roads during night. Some are trying to use the video to bring out tiger attacks on travellers.