Uttarakhand mob burns alive leopard caught by forest officials, 150 villagers booked

A seven-year-old male leopard captured by the Uttarakhand forest division was burnt alive by an indignant mob in a village in Pauri Garhwal district within the presence of division officers on Tuesday.

In line with officers, the locals had been agitated over the dying of a girl who was mauled by a leopard earlier this month. It’s, nonetheless, not clear whether or not the leopard killed was the identical because the one concerned within the deadly assault on the lady. A first data report was registered towards the native village pradhan and 149 others underneath the Wildlife Safety Act and different related legal guidelines.

Speaking to The Indian Specific, district forest officer Mukesh Sharma mentioned the lady, recognized as 47-year-old Sushma Devi, was killed by a leopard in Saplodi village within the district on Might 15, following which forest officers positioned cages at two completely different places within the space to catch the animal.

“On Tuesday morning round 5.20am, we received data {that a} leopard was caught in one of many cages. The forest division officers rushed to the spot. There they talked to the locals, however an indignant mob led by the native village pradhan attacked the cage. They poured petrol and threw dry grass on the animal and set him on hearth. The forest division officers tried to cease them however the mob of Saplodi and three-four neighbouring villages was simply too overwhelming for them,” mentioned Sharma.

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“After the incident, we despatched the leopard’s physique for a postmortem. We additionally received an FIR registered towards the villagers who took the regulation into their fingers. The animal killed is a seven-year-old male leopard. We couldn’t affirm if it was the identical leopard that killed the lady. We’re additionally investigating why the villagers attacked the leopard,” he mentioned.

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In 2011 the same incident was reported when an indignant mob in Dhamdhar village of the district burnt alive a leopard in entrance of forest and police officers. A case registered over the killing of the animal was later withdrawn.

In a number of instances, the forest division calls hunters to kill leopards once they flip into man-eaters. In 2020, hunters engaged by the division shot lifeless a leopard in Almora district after it killed two folks. Earlier this yr, a leopard that killed a boy in Tehri was shot lifeless by hunters employed by the division.

As per a tough estimate, near a dozen folks have died in leopard assaults within the state this yr.

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