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18-year-old killed in crocodile attack in TN

Chennai, Nov 27 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu forest department will erect awareness boards across rivers in the state after an 18-year-old boy was killed in an incident of a crocodile attack on Saturday. The incident occurred at Old Kollidam river in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu when the boy was grabbed by a crocodile while he was taking his bath in the river.

Local people said that they had seen a crocodile a couple of days ago in the river and had erected signboards and warned people but some people were going to bathe and wash their clothes in the river.

The 18-year-old, P. Thirumalai, an ITI student had gone to take bath in the Old Kollidam river and he was unaware of the presence of a Crocodile. The forest department launched a search after the boy was reported missing in the waters and by late evening his body was retrieved.

The forest department has already handed over an interim compensation of Rs 50,000 to the family of the deceased. Officials in the forest department of Tamil Nadu told BPNS that the balance compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh would be handed over to the family after the postmortem report is made available.