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The village urged banning local rituals in the river because of the constant predation of people being eaten by crocodiles

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To prevent people from being devoured, officials have put up warning signs urging visitors not to feed the crocodiles, not bring their children near the water and to avoid swimming

Supporters in India have been urged not to bathe in a river after three people were killed by crocodiles there this year alone.

As well as being a haunt for crocodiles, the Kali River in Dandeli, India is popular with locals, tourists and believers alike, with the latter often coming ‘to pray’.

To prevent people from being devoured, officials have put up bizarre warning signs, urging visitors not to feed the crocodiles, not bring their children near the water, and to avoid swimming altogether.

But the latter will interrupt the waterside worship popular in India.

“In addition to tourists, several devotees also come to the Kali River to pray.

“Be it final rites or rituals of being immersed while visiting a temple on the Kali River, many times they risk their lives by getting too close to the water, or sometimes even stepping into the river for a short distance , without knowing the current and threat of crocodiles.

“The plaques will alert people to the possible presence of crocodiles in the area,” an official said of the New Indian Express.

Experts say the crocodiles’ recent attacks are the result of recent works on the river, which have partially destroyed their natural habitat.

Earlier this week, a man was hospitalized after two crocodiles bit off his arm while washing his hand in a zoo pool, unaware it was the beasts’ enclosure.

Ilham, 49, was dropping off local tourists when he suffered a flat tire and got his hands dirty while changing a wheel at Sinka Zoo in West Kalimantan province, Indonesia, on June 9.

With oil on his palms, Ilham reached into a nearby basin to rinse off the dirt.

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However, he cried out in pain when a crocodile jumped out of the water and bit his fangs into his elbow.

Then a second animal appeared and clung to his arm.

He fought the 16 foot giants and eventually freed himself – but only because they bit off his arm.

Shocked tourist Mohammed Fery, who was in the car with Ilham, said: “The victim was the driver who had taken me on a tour. He wanted to wash his hands in the pool but little did we know there were crocodiles in the pool.

“I had suggested he wash his hands in the toilet. But instead he jumped the fence and washed his hands in the pool.

“We didn’t even know there were crocodiles in the pond. We didn’t see any signs or warnings, the pond looked like an empty pond.”

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