Sheopur (Madhya Pradesh): A crocodile swallowed a 10-year-old boy when he was taking bath in chambal river, Rijhenta village under Raghunath police station limits on Monday.
According to reports, the boy, Atar Singh Kevat, reached the bank of Chambal river and in the meantime, a crocodile about eight feet long came out of the river and attacked the child.
Following which the villagers caught the crocodile with a rope and put up a wood into its mouth. According to the information, the villagers were waiting for the crocodile to take the child out but it did not happen. The villagers waited for long hours, in the meantime on getting the information about the incident, the police also rushed to the spot.
The police spotted the villagers from hurting the crocodile and informed the forest department. The team freed the crocodile from the villagers and left it in the Chambal river.
On the other hand, Raghunathpur police station in charge Shyamveer Singh Tomar says that a crocodile had swallowed the child, after which the villagers caught the crocodile with rope. The police, however, rescued the crocodile and handed it over to the forest department.
Search Team Deployed
An SDRF team was engaged in searching for the child in the Chambal River. The rescue team continued the search operation till late evening, but nothing was found. Searches stopped after dusk. Officials told villagers that if the crocodile had snatched the child, it would not swallow.
Police say that the boy must have gone into the deeper side of the river. Searches would resume on Tuesday. Villagers said that this crocodile has become a man-eater and should be released in any far away place.
According to officers, there are hundreds of crocodiles in the river and there have been several instances of attacks on humans.