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Search continues for missing fisherman

Staff Reporter

Villagers fear crocodiles snatched the youth from his boat


  • The youth went fishing with friends on Monday
  • His thermocol top `boat' capsized
  • More than a thousand crocodiles inhabit sanctuary at Singur dam
  • Residents say crocodiles go hungry and invade villages for food

    SANGAREDDY: Even as the search for a missing fisherman, Pilli Nagaraj (26), continued for the second day in the crocodile infested waters of Singur dam, villagers are worried about the reptiles coming too close to their habitations.

    Nagaraj of Kalpagur village in Sangareddy mandal went fishing with his friends -- Kumar, Naresh, Balaiah and Santosh -- at 2 p.m. on Monday. While returning from Patigadda a small island in the Singur waters, the thermacol top that Nagaraj was sailing on, capsized. According to Kumar, a crocodile snatched Nagaraj and dragged him under water.

    His friends reached the banks and informed the police. The Sangareddy rural SI, Viswaprasad, rushed to the spot and a boat from the Forest Department was summoned for search operations. There was no sign of him till Tuesday.

    Nagaraj's parents, Eswaraiah and Anjamma, who have lost their only son and bread-earner blame the crocodiles. They say there are more than a thousand crocodiles under the crocodile sanctuary located at Singur dam and alleged that lack of food at the sanctuary was forcing the hungry reptiles to habitations in search of food.

    The residents of Kalpagur vouch that the reptiles often bask on the banks endangering the lives of the fishermen.

    Meanwhile the methods of fishing adopted by the fishermen have also been blamed for the tragedy.

    The thermocol top, used in packing is no substitute for a boat. But large numbers of fishermen use this for their livlihood every day on the banks of Singur.

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