Tension in Chhindwara, leopard still elusive

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2018 11:14:41


Staff Reporter,

Tension is still surging in Chindi range village under Chhindwara district as the elusive leopard is yet to be captured by the forest team. Forest Department and local administration have launched a uptight hunt for the leopard and assigned 500 officials, including 200 from Forest Department and 300 local people. There are 50 camera traps and six cages set up in the area to capture the big cat.

The leopard has killed three children in three days which triggered panic among the locals. “We continued our search for the big cat throughout the night. We have orders from authorities to locate the leopard as it has become man-eater. Rescue operation is going on and soon we will trap the leopard,” said S S Uddey, District Forest Officer (DFO) Chhindwara (East).

He further informed that senior authorities continuously checking updates and monitoring the entire operation.
The leopard has killed three children in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh within three days, prompting Forest Department to launch massive drive to trap the elusive big cat.

The half-eaten body of a 12-year-old boy, the third victim of leopard was found by the forest team on Wednesday morning. DFO Uddey said the third attack was on boy from Jhirpani village when he had gone with his mother on Tuesday evening. He further informed that team has been assigned to trap the man-eater leopard. The leopard pounced on the boy and dragged him into jungle. On Sunday, leopard killed two children, including a ten-year-old boy from Bijo Pathar and five-year-old girl from Mohli village. He said leopard will be relocated after being captured. He said Forest Department was in touch of villagers and trying to ensure their safety.

Villagers said, on Sunday, the leopard attacked in the day hours and killed the girl in front of her house. Just six hours after the incident, the leopard again attacked and killed 10-year-old boy, 3 kilometer from the area. Victim was sitting outside his house and the leopard attacked. When his mother came outside, she witnessed blood splatters and her son was missing.

For past few days, big cat attacks on human beings have become frequent as they are moving 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 girl was killed while grazing cattle in Sehore village.