A man was attacked and brutally mauled by a tiger at a field in Machkheta village, Madhya Pradesh. A forest department staffer said that the attack occurred in the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.
The incident took place when forest ground duty staffers were trying to shoo away the tiger from a field to the Reserve, but instead it traversed from one field to another, forest guard Arun Prajapati told PTI.
The big cat then pounced upon the victim, identified as Gullu Singh, who was working in a field and attacked him.
Seeing villagers and forest staffers, the wild animal left Singh and fled the spot.
Singh, who sustained injuries in head and shoulders, was rushed in an unconscious state to the district hospital, Prajapati added.
The tiger is still said to be present in the buffer zone with human settlement and efforts were on to trace and bring it back into to the Reserve.
The forest department is taking care of the medical expenditure of the victim, he added.