Katni: A 55-year-old school teacher was mauled to death by a tiger in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve when he went to collect firewood in Panpatha forest area, police said today.
Amod Lakda (55), posted at Karchulia village's government middle school, was attacked by the tiger yesterday in the buffer area near a water tank inside Khitouli range, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rameshwar Yadav said today.
He was a native of Chhattisgarh's Jashpur area and his body was recovered from the spot after villagers raised an alarm when he did not return for long, he said.
Enraged over the incident, local villagers set afire a few forest posts and a police post in Khitouli and pelted stones causing injuries to two policemen, he said.
The villagers also torched two jeeps and few motorcycles of forest department in protest, the ASP said.
They demanded that the tiger be declared a man eater, he said.
The tiger disappeared into the wild after killing the man, he added.
Katni SP, Rajesh Hingankar said the situation is under control in the area.