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Tuesday, January 31 2023

Mysuru: Shoot at sight order for man-eating leopard

Mysuru: Shoot at sight order for man-eating leopard
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Mysuru: The State government on Friday December 2 issued a shoot at sight order for a man-eating leopard which killed a 22-year-old woman in S. Kebbehundi village near T. Narasipur town in this district.

Complying with the order, the forest authorities along with experts, launched an all-out operation this morning to hunt down the big cat. Twenty-two-year-old Meghana, a resident of S. Kebbehundi was attacked by the leopard on Thursday and she succumbed to her injuries at a hospital.

Meghana had gone to attend nature’s call behind her house when the feline suddenly attacked and mauled her.

On hearing her screams, the locals rushed to the spot and shooed away the leopard and rushed the woman to a hospital.

Mysuru Circle Forest Officer Malathi Priya has stated that to put an end to the leopard menace in T. Narasipur taluk, a team of 15 experts would be formed. Permission has been given for shooting down the leopard and immediate action would be taken, she stated.

The Forest Department also declared Rs 7 lakh compensation to the family of the deceased. It has also assured that one of the family members would get a job on contract basis.

A pension of Rs. 2000 per month will be given up to five years for the family.

The villagers and family members of the woman staged a protest before the T. Narasipur Government hospital condemning the negligence of the forest department.

Earlier, MLA Ashwin Kumar rushed to the hospital, only to be greeted by the tense situation, with angry villagers surrounding him, seeking action against the menace. The MLA sat on a flash protest along with the villagers and promised not to withdraw till the officials concerned visited the spot. On the other hand, aggrieved villagers held forest personnel responsible for the incident. Despite being aware of the movement of the leopard, the forest personnel failed to keep trail of the animal, the villagers alleged. What had riled them up more was, the second such incident reported in a short span of one month. A student who had gone to a hill in the Taluk also had died of leopard attack a month ago. Since then forest personnel have launched a hunt for the leopard, that remains still elusive

Further, the RFO of T. Narasipur has been sent on compulsory leave for dereliction of duty.


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