Leopard terror grips Mandi
SHIMLA, 27 JULY: Recent incidents of leopard attacks have put the residents of villages in the Seraj subdivision of Mandi district in panic. A 26-year-old girl was attacked while at field close to her home and was dragged for 15 metres before being killed. Another woman Mani Devi (55) was caught and dragged for about 50 metres across a field from the verandah of her house and eventually killed.
Two other women have also been attacked by the same beast. They are now under treatment.
Seraj MLA Jairam Thakur has reportedly called on Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, following protests by angry residents who blocked roads and gheraoed the SDM.
Under Mr Singh&’s orders, a seven-member team of hunters from the wildlife department was dispatched to the villages to kill the leopard.
According to Forest department officials, who are camping in the area, the leopard appears to be “a male adult as the post-mortem reports of the victims suggest”. Traps have been laid and digital cameras have been installed in strategic positions to keep track of its movements. sns
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