Encounter of Maqsood and Vijay
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 turned a black day for 24 year innocent youth Maqsood in New Delhi, India. He was enjoying the mesmerizing acts of wild animals in the zoo. His over-excitement resulted into an unforgettable incident which shook the entire country. To observe the beauty of white tiger from close, he jumped off the barricades and climbed up the wall of the enclosure. He leaned over the boundary wall to watch the tiger and lost his balance and fell straight into the enclosure. Next moment, over 200 kilos of giant cat “Vijay” was standing in front of the quivering slender figure; squatted on the floor – Maqsood, pleading for his life to be forgiven.
The series of events happened in next twenty minutes stunned the spectators at the zoo. Vijay kept glaring Maqsood for several minutes. Then he played, mauled and finally caught him from the neck and dragged him to the distant part of the enclosure where he killed him.
Who’s at Fault
In a recent column of a leading newspaper of Rajasthan, the management guru Mr. N. Raghuraman wrote about the incident and claimed it the fault of the zoo administration as they could not do anything to save his life. Going through the whole episode, I can personally say that everyone who was present there, including Maqsood, had some sort of fault which failed to prevent the miserable incident to happen.
Maqsood was mentally sick, as narrated by few spectators. If he was not accompanied by someone then it was a biggest blunder. Whether inadvertently or by mistake he breached the security and crossed the barricades. No one should be able to breach safety at so dangerous place like a zoo near big cats like tiger. There must be proper security stand guards at such sensitive areas of the zoo to have strict vigil and stop nuisance made by spectators. The video that got viral after few hours of the incident revealed that the enclosure of the tiger was huge and spread widely. At such spacious enclosures additional barricading must be constructed to prevent the attack of the animal even if someone gets there by mistake.
It is very unfortunate to know that in our country safety is concerned as the least required subject. When we talk about safety, it includes safety pertaining to every unwanted situation such as natural or manmade calamities, fire, road accidents and even attacks of wild animals. There is no preventive and effective system designed in our country which could educate people to overcome such disastrous situations. Disaster management should be and must be taught to every individual so that he may help and save someone’s or his life when needed.
When the tiger approached Maqsood, he lay onto the ground squatted pleading the wild beast to leave his life. As evident from the above still, his gesture was at vulnerable situation which inspired the killing instinct of the tiger to attack. It is the natural impulse in most wild animals; they attack when they become sure that you are feeble and kill you to without taking a chance. Many of us have might watched in TV shows that wild animal experts encounter wild animals bare hands and still remained unharmed. This is not any magic. They interpret the body language of wild animal and they always maintain a direct eye contact and they never let them feel that they are weak. Their courage scares them and the beast does not attack them so easily.
As explained; in our country general public is never trained to handle any kind of disaster. Whenever such incidents take place we see each other’s face and wait for planetary positions to change their places. For us everything lay at stake relying on our fates.
Zoo Administration’s Fault
The entire episode continued for at least twenty minutes right from Maqsood falling into the enclosure and being killed by the tiger. For the entire epoch nothing fruitful happened from the zoo administration. There wasn’t any rescue team available at zoo and the precious time kept lapsing while the tiger Vijay snatched breaths of innocent Maqsood.