Bengaluru startup CEO loses arm after crocodile attack

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The incident happened when Dandwate reportedly took his two dogs for a bath at the Thattekere Lake, which is part of a protected area in Bannerghatta forest. He is a resident of Indiranagar.

A man survived crocodile attack, which is rare, but lost his left arm on Sunday, June 25. The duo, accompanied by two dogs, had visited a temple at Thattekere, located in the middle of the forest and 38 km from city centre.

After visiting the temple, Mudit and his friend made a decision to take a plunge in the Thattakere Lake adjacent to the temple in Anekal forest division, along with the dogs. Mudit managed to ward off the crocodile and was later rushed to Hosmat Hospital.

Locals said that the government workers claimed he was in breach of boards around the lake which warned of crocodiles.

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B Ramesh, Ramanagara SP, told NDTV that a case has been filed against Dandwate for entering a restricted forest area without permission.

When his friend screamed for help, four forest officials came and saved them. Blogs by visitors are replete with stories about the tranquillity of the place and crocodiles on several sites. While forest officials and police sources said Mudit should have heeded the warnings, some think he might have not be able to read the warnings as they are all written in Kannada. On Monday, Mudit underwent a surgery to clear off injured muscles, ligaments and arteries on his left hand.

According to her, Mudit, who runs a health care start-up, said he did not notice the crocodile warning board at the site.

But Dandwate was later fined by the officials for trespassing into the waters of the lake. "The government should control humans from entering such lakes", he said. "Currently, we are performing a medical procedure called debridement to clean the arm to ensure there's no infection", Hosmat orthopaedics chief Dr Thomas Chandy said.

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