‘Gangaram’ no more: Villagers mourn the death of a crocodile
New Delhi: An entire village in Chhattisgarh assembled to bid an emotional adieu to a crocodile, whom they used to worship as their protector, after the animal died.
For residents of Bawa Mohtara village in Bemetara district, the around 130-year-old crocodile, whom they had fondly named as ‘Gangaram’, was next to God.
After the reptile died in a village pond, the grief- stricken residents took out its funeral procession and did not cook food that day.
The 3.4 metre-long crocodile was found dead on Tuesday in the village pond, located around 80 km from here, following which locals informed the forest department and the carcass was taken out of water, he said.