17-feet-long crocodile kills man in Gujarat

The crocodile grabbed one of the man’s legs and took him to the bottom of the river and later even dragged him around, witnesses said.

By Mahesh Trivedi

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Published: Thu 30 Oct 2014, 9:39 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:55 AM

Ahmedabad: A 17-feet-long crocodile caught a youth by his leg and killed him while he was crossing the Vishwamitri river passing through Vadodara city in central Gujarat on Tuesday.

Firemen who took two hours to locate the body said the youth asked two men sitting near a temple on the banks whether it was safe to cross the river infamous for crocodile attacks. After the duo said it would be a smooth sailing for him, the youth took the plunge. But as he reached midstream, the amphibian suddenly attacked him, grabbing one of his legs and taking him to the bottom of the river and later even dragging him around, say witnesses.

The onlookers shouted and the crocodile with stones but in vain.

Local residents said that there were some 20 large crocodiles on the spot where the man was attacked.

Only last month, villagers beat a crocodile to death in their frantic bid to save a 55-year-old man being dragged by the amphibian into the same river.

The sixth incident of fatal attack by crocodiles in the past five months claiming lives of three childen has sent shivers down the spine of people of riverside villages.

On May 20, Non-Resident Indian Hitesh Barot, part of Narendra Modi’s 10-member Lok Sabha poll social media team in New Delhi, was killed by a crocodile when he went for a swim in the Narmada river in his native village Bhalod in south Gujarat.

The administration has put up signboards at several places on the long-winding river banks to alert people against swimming in rivers. Crocodiles being protected animals, the forest staffers trap them but leave them in water at some distance away in the same part of the river.

mahesh@khaleejtimes.com



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