The tiger killed 16-year-old Aiyappa, son of an estate labourer, at Kumuturu village near Srimangala in Virajpet taluk on Saturday.
Before villagers could recover from the shock, the tiger resurfaced near neighbouring T Shettigeri village around 7am on Sunday and attacked Chinni, a labourer in an estate.
Sources said the female big cat, said to be about 9 years old, pounced on the woman barely 20ft from her house inside the estate. She died instantly after it bit her head.
With two back-to-back deaths, villagers and farmers’ associations urged the forest department to take immediate measures to either capture or kill the tiger.
With alleged no-show by forest officers, public anger was simmering and shops in Srimangala downed the shutters in protest and in fear.
Gonikppal police officer Parashivamurthy met the villagers and made arrangements for postmortem on the deceased woman. Kodagu chief conservator of forests T Heeralal promised to launch an operation to trap the tiger.
In hours, forest officers held an emergency meeting and decided to send in a team along with two expert elephants — Abhimanyu and Gopala-—from Nagarhole Tiger Reserve to nab the tiger whose whereabouts kept villagers on tenterhooks.
The forest team shot a tranquilizer at the big cat and immobilised it in Manchalli, 3km from the spot where it had attacked the woman. The tiger has since been shifted to a rehabilitation centre at Ilavala near Mysuru.
Srimangala range forest officer Veerendra told TOI the big cat suffered injuries on its foreleg in the operation. The animal was captured when it was roaming around near an estate in Manchalli.
Families of the dead victims were given Rs 20,000 each for immediate expenses and cheques of Rs 2 lakh each and Rs 5 lakh later.