For the last three months, the tiger had been sighted in the area. Agitated villagers had reported the matter to the wildlife authorities, following which the officials had launched a hunt for it.
They used drones fixes with advanced cameras to locate the tiger but could not see the animal.
The area's mainly tribal population was angry and scared -- angry that the authorities were not doing enough and scared of a possible attack by the tiger.
On Friday, the carcass weighing around 200 kilograms was found in Kamandihi forest in West Midnapore district, with a spear through its face.
As hundreds of villagers gathered at the spot at 2:30 pm on Friday, the forest officials had to ask them for help to lift the tiger on to a vehicle. The villagers then demanded money to do so.
The tiger was taken away for a post-mortem to Garbeta. The animal could have come from Simlipal forests or from Palamu, though the exact origin is not known.