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Midnapore: Bengal forest department has lodged an FIR over the death of a Royal Bengal Tiger at Lalgarh in West Midnapore district.

In the FIR, villagers Bablu Hansda (36) and Badal Hansda (20) have been named as the prime suspects for having killed the adult tiger. The two were part of a group of village hunters who had ventured into the Baghghora forest of Lalgarh and had suffered injuries after being attacked by the tiger.

Within a few hours of this, the Royal Bengal was found dead in the forest with multiple injury marks on its body. The forest department has charged the two villagers with unauthorised hunting and elimination of a protected animal.

The two are admitted to the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital for the injuries they had suffered. But both are in stable health. They are likely to be arrested soon on discharge from the hospital.

The forest department move comes after the post-mortem of the carcass revealed that the Royal Bengal Tiger died of sharp injuries and not due to poisoning as was being suspected initially.

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