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Stray crocodile around Andaman's Tourist Spot triggers concerns

Port Blair, Aug 22 (UNI) A massive crocodile sighted frequently around Middle Andaman’s best tourist spot ‘Baratang Island’ has triggered concern from various section of Andaman society.
Recently a body of a missing person was found from the Middle Strait and it was observed that the body was having crocodile byte marks.
Panchayati Raj Institute members of Baratang allege that since then the incident of crocodile sighting has increased manifold around Nilambur (Baratang) Jetty area. People now fear that the huge crocodile, which has already got the taste of human blood, might attack others soon in the area.
The Divisional Forest Officer of Baratang Island has also issued a caution notice for boat operators, tourists and fishermen of Baratang area, which is pasted in jetty area and in vehicle ferries for public
The caution notice says that “A huge salt-water crocodile has been sighted frequently around Nilambur Jetty since August 9, 2019. The frequent movement of the crocodile in the same location may be noted in order to avoid conflict.”
The DFO in his notice advised public not to provoke the animal and to take necessary precautions to avoid any untoward happening.
Hundreds of tourists who visit Baratang Island daily, have to wait over the unstable floating Jetty of Baratang, before getting inside the boat for Lime Stone Caves. Public alleged that the floating Jetty,
without any railing, shakes dangerously whenever a boat comes along the jetty. Under these circumstances, people are questioning that what will happens if any tourist falls in creek waters.
Moreover, in past many incidents had happened when people fell from vehicle ferry in Middle Strait, in those cases too, crocodiles in Middle Strait, is a major threat for public.
Not only this, fishermen of Baratang, often use the area between Nilambur (Baratang) Jetty and Eco-huts for fish landing and during fish landing they have to work in knee deep waters. People fear that
these fishermen are also at high risk in Baratang area.
Meanwhile, the Zilla Parishad member of Baratang, M Alager Swami has demanded immediate shifting of the crocodile from Nilambur Jetty area to Chidiyatapu Biological Park as presence of such huge crocodile might result in man-animal conflict anytime. “Who will be responsible if someone is killed by this crocodile, Administration or Forest Department?” he questioned.
In last few years dozens of people have already been killed by crocodiles in Andaman.

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