“When I was a kid, a tiger eat our goats in Merabeel village in Majbat. I was very shocked and depressed.I decided to kill that tiger and made a bamboo bow and arrows to hunt that tiger. And then, I spent one night awake to kill that tiger. I attacked the tiger with several arrows," he said. After 20 days, Rahman killed as many as three tigers. In 2002, he captured a leopard with a blanket.
"In 1991, I was invited by the Madhya Pradesh government to hunt two man-eaters which killed and attacked many people, specially women. The tigers targeted the women because, they used to faint in front of the man-eater. The MP government spent more than Rs 20 lakh for killing the tigers, but failed. After 45 days of hid-and seek game, I captured two tigers - Mayadevi and Rupak, and a leopard. The Government awarded me with a cash prize of Rs 10,000," Rahman said.
But what are the secrets of his success? "The technique and bravery," said Rahman, adding: "Whenever, I go out in a mission, I am always followed by a scared person. So he helps me in the jungle because he jumps if he sees a frog also."
Rahman, who was born in 1942, is of the view that food crisis and poachers are reasons behind gradual decrease of tigers in Assam. "I am sure that less than 1,000 tigers are in the country. We are responsible for this. The way we are destroying the forests, food, the time is not far that this beautiful animal will fast diminish from the nation," he said.
But, during his lifetime, except some cash awards, Rahman did not get any recognition. Lamenting on the subject, he said: "Even my department did not give me leave when I went to hunting."