Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Leopard kills girl near Khambha

Leopard kills girl near Khambha
Times of India

A girl was mauled to death by a leopard early on Monday morning at 4 am on the outskirts of Bhad village (Tulsishyam forest range) in Khambha taluka of Amreli district.

According to deputy conservator of forests (Gir east) Maniswar Raja, the incident took place in a field where the girl was asleep along with her family members outside their makeshift shanties.

"Laheri Chauhan, 8, was dragged away by the animal. In the m e a n t i m e, family members woke up and started shouting for help. They managed to scare away the beast, which dropped the girl and ran away,"Raja told TOI. Unfortunately Laheri died on the spot.

Laheri's family belongs to Rajasthan and were working in Manu Sorathiya's farm in Bhad village. The Rajasthani family had come to earn a livelihood in the area and has been staying in huts in the open area in the farm which make them vulnerable to wild animals.

The forest department has declared compensation of Rs 1 lakh for the family. "We have placed seven cages in the area to nab the leopard. We have also urged the farmers and labourers not to sleep in the open to avoid such incidents,'' Raja said.

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