Published On: Fri, Dec 27th, 2019

Leopard takes toll of 5th human human life in UP’s Bijnore

Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh): A leopard mauled a 65-year-old labourer to death in Uttar Pradesh’s in Bijnor district. The incident happened in the Nangla Maheshwari village on Thursday afternoon.

Hours after killing the labourer, a farmer was also attacked by a feline, near the same spot

This is the fifth such incident in recent weeks.

Hours after killing the labourer, a farmer was also attacked by a feline, near the same spot.

According to reports, the leopard attacked Shafiq Ahmed while he was working near a tubewell.

Hearing his cries, those working in nearby fields rushed to his aid, but by then the leopard had dragged him inside a sugarcane field and killed him. The farmers tried to make noise and drive away the leopard, but it was too late.

Hours later, farmer Guddu was attacked in the Ratanpur village in his fields. However, he was saved by his neighbours.

On receiving the news of feline attack, when the forest officials rushed to the spot, they were were taken hostage by enraged farmers demanding to declare the animal in question a man-eater and carry out necessary action thereafter to either catch it alive or eliminate it.

The officials of the forest department are finding it difficult to locate the leopard in question as it is changing its location frequently.

However, Bijnor divisional forest officer M Semmaran said: “It is yet to be ascertained if it is the same leopard that is responsible for the killing of the villagers. We have placed four cages at different locations and cameras have also been put in place to trap the animal.”

It may be recalled that on November 27, a woman was killed by a leopard in Nawada village, a five- year-old boy was killed on December 17 and on December 19, a leopard mauled a 23-year-old youth at Alam Saray village. A 16-year-old boy was killed by the big cat at Asgarpur village on December 26.

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