Crocodile scales highway flyover in Nizamabad, creates panic

Hyderabad: The sighting of a crocodile on National Highway 44 at Dusgaon village of Mendora mandal in Nizamabad district created panic among passersby on Sunday. Reportedly, the crocodile was pushed to the shore, and it scaled the flyover beside NH44 due to heavy flow of water into River Godavari.

After observing the crocodile in Nizamabad, commuters and the villagers immediately informed the nearest police station. They even tried to catch hold of the reptile but failed as it eagerly defended itself. The villagers also tried to catch it with a JCB, but the deed was finally done by local forest officials, who rushed to the spot, with the help of ropes. They later released the crocodile into the river.

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During earlier instances on August 2019 due to heavy inflows into Pulichintala irrigation project crocodiles are washed away on to roads. A crocodile died on the road near Chintalapalaem in Suryapet district of Telangana as a speeding vehicle crushed it. Gadwal block in Telangana also witnessed instances of crocodile having conflict with humans. There are regular instances of crocodiles being smuggled out of Hyderabad. 

In September 17 Thane forest department arrested three persons in Borivali who were caught redhanded for smuggling out baby crocodile from Hyderabad Acting on a tip-off. The baby crocodiles were kept in a cage and were smuggled out in a  bus. In 2017 February baby crocodiles were rescued from Azampura drainage in Hyderabad by locals and were handed over the forest department.

 

During last summer Manjeer reservoir dried up and several instances of crocodiles straying into human habitations and as well as into agriculture fields were reported. Manjeera crocodile sanctuary was one of the biggest in the State.

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