Indian police cordon off the river after three people were killed by a crocodile in just three months
Indian cops have restricted entry to a river after three people were killed by crocodiles in just three months.
The gruesome deaths were reported along the bank of the Kali River in the town of Dandeli, located in the state of Karnataka.
Although the stretch of the river that crosses Dandeli has a number of crocodiles, it would be the first time that a series of human deaths has taken place at this level.
On the night of Tuesday February 8, the body of a 24-year-old boy was found by rescue teams.
The crocodile had dragged the body a mile upstream, and it took rescuers two days to locate the remains.
In a bid to put an end to crocodile attacks on humans, tourist entry into the river has now been restricted by local authorities.
Entry points into the river will be covered so that tourists – and non-residents of Dandeli – do not venture into the water.
Of the three tragic deaths that occurred as a result of crocodile attacks, two of them were foreigners and were unaware that crocodiles were present along the coasts, local media report.
Experts say a potential reason for the increase in crocodile attacks could be that the reptiles are moving closer to human habitation because their usual nesting habitats have been destroyed by a local water project.
Dandeli wildlife advocate Rahul Bavaji said the water supply project and the dumping of poultry waste are the main things that often attract crocodiles to the river bank in recent weeks.
He added: “The construction of a viewing ramp in the Crocodile Park has also destroyed the nesting sites of these reptiles, so it has become dangerous to enter the river between the old stretch of the Dandeli Temple and Dandelappa.”
Forestry officials said measures will be taken to discourage people from entering the river in areas where crocodiles are found in large numbers.
The measures will include nets, warning signs and even guards.
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