Leopard kills three children in three days in Chhindwara district

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2018 11:30:26


Staff Reporter,

A leopard killed three children in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh within three days, prompting Forest Department to launch a massive drive to trap the elusive big cat.

Half-eaten body of 12-year-old boy, the third victim of leopard, has been found by the forest team on Wednesday morning. Forest Department has deployed about 200 officials to trap the leopard. Even villagers are also searching the leopard which has triggered panic among people with three killings in three days.

S S Uddey, District Forest Officer (DFO), Chhindwara, (east) said “leopard has killed three children in three days. The third attack was on boy from Jhirpani village when had gone with his mother on Tuesday evening. His half-eaten body has been recovered on Wednesday morning.” He further added, team has been assigned to trap the man-eater leopard. DFO Uddey said, leopard pounced on boy and dragged him into jungle. “We kept search for boy throughout night,” added Uddey. On Sunday, leopard had killed two children, including a ten-year-old boy from Bijo Pathar and five-yea-old girl from Mohli village.

He said leopard will be relocated after capturing him successfully. He said Forest Department is in touch of villagers and trying to ensure their safety. Villagers said on Sunday, the leopard attacked in day hours and killed the girl in front of her house. Just after six hours of the incident, leopard again attacked and killed 10-year-old boy, 3 kilometre away from the area. Victim was sitting outside his house when the leopard attacked him. When mother came outside, she witnessed blood splatters and her son was missing. For past few days big cat attacked human being is frequenting as they are moving out in residential areas.

Two months back, a nine-year-old boy was killed by tiger in Budhni area. Forest Department is yet to trap the tiger. On October 22, a 10-year-old girl was killed while grazing cattle in Sehore village.