Indian villagers brutally beat tiger to death

Four people have been arrested after a mob of villagers brutally beat to death a tiger that had attacked local people.

Mobile phone footage of the incident went viral on social media, and officials said one of nine people injured by the animal earlier had died in hospital.

The tiger attacked people after straying out of the Pilibhit tiger reserve in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Experts blame on shrinking habitats and food shortages for wildlife.

Dozens of armed people surrounded the animal after it entered their village, chased it and killed it to death with wooden batons and spears.

A complaint was filed against 31 people, and only four people had been arrested.

Forest officials cremated the tiger and made sure that the organs did not get into the hands of smugglers.

In 2018, about 30 people were killed by tigers in India. This year alone so far 60 tigers were killed across the country.

In one case the previous month, a tiger and two cubs died after villagers poisoned the carcass of a cow the animals had hunted a day earlier.

India is home to half of the world’s tiger population and the census data for 2018 released found more than 2967 tigers in India. The global tiger population has been reduced from about 100,000 at the start of the 20th century to barely 4,000, according to the World Wildlife Fund.