Jaipur: A visitor and a tourist guide at Ranthambore National Park of Sawaimadhopur in Rajasthan has been fined jointly Rs 51,000 for throwing stones at a sleeping tiger in order to make him move on Tuesday during the full day Safari.
The visitor identified as Mritunjai Tiwari wanted to take a closer look at the tiger so the guide stepped down from the gypsy and pelted stones at the sleeping tiger, said officials.
The complete scene was recorded in the thermal imaging cameras placed in the forest premises. The forest department officials after watching the CCTV footage called the visitor and the guide outside the reserve and fined them with Rs 51,000. The guide has been suspended, added officials.
The incident happened in Zone-6 near Pili ghat gate of Ranthambore Tiger reserve in Sawaimadhopur on Tuesday.
The accused visitor Mritunjai Tiwari is a resident of Patna and came to enjoy full day Safari at Ranthambore on Tuesday and Wednesday. The officials canceled his Wednesday’s safari following his misconduct.
According to the forest officials, the accused tourist guide identified as Islam Mohammed has been suspended from his duties until next order.
‘The tiger was sleeping near the Pili ghat gate when suddenly the tourist guide Islam pelted stones at it to make him move and come closer to the gypsy so that the visitor can get the perfect shot in his camera.’ added officials.
DFO of Ranthambore Mukesh Saini said that as soon as the tourist and the guide were found violating the forest rules, the forest officials tracked down the gypsy and took it out.