Wednesday , October 20 2021

Dungarpur villagers lynch leopard after few suffer attack

Udaipur : In yet another leopard fatality, locals from Nal Fala in Jaspur of Aaspur block in Dungarpur district lynched a wild cat on Wednesday. The feline apparently attacked some people, two of them sustained serious injuries, after which residents got together and killed the big cat with spade, pick-axe and other farming tools. ” The incident happened around 8 am when the big cat attacked some men in the area. An FIR has been registered against some people, however, the villagers claim to have killed the leopard in self defense. Necessary actions would be taken only after a detailed investigation” DFO Sarath Babu told Udaipur Kiran.

According to sources, the beast had crept into the human settlement in the early morning and was hidden behind the bushes. Some laborers who were going to work passed by the leopard which suddenly pounced on them. One Raman so Dhanji and Veermal so Soma were seriously injured. People were fearful at the sudden attack and they shouted for help. Many people collected at the spot and they hacked the dumb creature with the farming tools they had with them. The leopard ran helter skelter to save itself, however, it sustained sharp cuts on its body and bled profusely.

The people only stopped after the beast fell dead. Two more men are told to have sustained minor injuries during the attack. Forest team led by Aapur ranger Suwalal rushed to the spot on being informed, however the cat was dead. It was taken to the district hospital for the postmortem. Reports revealed it was a male leopard around 5 years old. Meanwhile, sources claim, on Tuesday night, at Kaanthri village, some 7 kilometers from Leelawasa, a leopard had attacked two youths and injured them. Pankaj so Ramji Meena and Pravin so Jayanti Meena were hurt who were admitted at the hospital. According to wildlife experts, man-leopard conflicts is high in hilly terrain because of the decline in their prey base.

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