A tiger carrying a freight train bound for an Indian village was caught in a large-scale operation by forest guards after the tiger attacked a man, officials said on Tuesday.

The Forestry Department said it had received a report on Nimr's vision in the village near New Delhi's major suburbs of New Delhi on Monday.

Teams of forest officials, police officers and non-profit wildlife organizations arrived at the site to carry out the operation, which lasted until yesterday evening.

The seven-year-old tiger attacked a man who had formed an animal-holding group, forest official PK Krivastava said by telephone.

"About 400 villagers who were panicking in the fields gathered to witness the five-hour operation," said Srivastava, "Our tiger teams have surrounded a farm and managed to anesthetize it, and we will launch it in a forest later today."

"We are surprised that there is no trace of any tiger in this area," he said, adding that the tiger may have come from forests close to the Ganges river, which is about 100 kilometers away.

Village leader Papo Pradhan told local media the tiger had caused panic in the area and the villagers breathed a sigh of relief after being arrested.

Tigers and other large cats often migrate to cities and towns in India. Wildlife experts say deforestation drives wild animals out of their habitats.