Mob kill tranquilized leopard in Dungarpur village, 4 injured
Udaipur : In yet another case of man-animal conflict, inmates at Purani Ubali village under Chitri police station of Dungarpur district, mercilessly killed a leopard on Sunday evening. The beast had reportedly sneaked into the village and mauled four persons. The furious mob pelted stones and beat it with sticks even after it was tranquilized and caught by the rescue team including forest and police officials. People clicked pictures of the dead animal while the officials witnessed the episode helplessly.
The leopard had sneaked into the village on sunday noon and allegedly attacked four persons who were taken to Galiyakot hospital for treatment. Villagers chased the leopard which ran helter skelter and entered into a nearby maize field. Men pelted stones and injured the animal. Meanwhile, shooter Satnam Singh and team left from Udaipur to rescue the leopard. A local team consisting of forest officials and cops from Chitri police station too reached at the spot. The shooter had tranquilized the leopard and were about to take it away when the angry mob opposed the team and attacked the helpless unconscious animal.
They didnt stop until it bled and died. ” Our team had reached there timely and even successfully managed to rescue the leopard, but the mob was very furious and couldnt be controlled even by the police. It is really unfortunate that they didnt pay heed to the warnings and instructions of the rescue team and attacked it to death” S. Sarath Babu, DCF Dungarpur told Udaipur Kiran. The forest department has sought CCTV footages and mobile recordings. ” Those people who are seen attacking the leopard would be identified and a complaint would be registered against them under the relevant sections of the Wild Life Act. The leopard had attacked 2 people as seen in the video clips” the officer said.
“Leopard are more tolerant of habitat conversion than other species of big cat. Given adequate cover and food supply they are able to live relatively close to human population. However, this brings leopards closer to another threat that they face on a regular basis-persecution” opines Dr Arti Prasad, head of the department of Zoology at Mohanlal Sukhadia University.