Sunday, March 14, 2010

Leopard terror in Iswariya continues, five attacked

Leopard terror in Iswariya continues, five attacked
Times of India

Locals of Iswariya village of Veraval taluka in Junagadh district were shocked after five persons in the village were attacked by a leopard on Saturday morning. The villagers had been relieved since the caging of four leopards from the area in past four days. The injured people have been shifted to civil hospital in Veraval town.

The leopard attacked the five persons around 8 am on Saturday, according to range forest officer, Veraval, KR Vaghashiya. "The incident took place when two persons were on their way to work in a sugarcane farm in Iswariya village. The victims told us that as they walked into the farm, the leopard jumped out from behind the tall sugarcane crops and attacked them."

Many people who heard their cries rushed to their rescue. However, the leopard attacked three of them,'' said Vaghashiya. The injured are out of danger. Four of the victims were injured below the knee, while one was injured on his thigh. The victims have been identified as Bhikha, Deva, Keshar, Natha and Uday, all natives of Iswariya.

Ever since a leopard killed two women in the village, the people of Iswariya have lived in fear of the wild animal.

Forest officials are on constant vigil to nab the wild cats and have been able to cage five leopards till now. "We have placed nine cages to catch leopards from the area, which is a known habitat for leopards," said Vaghashiya.

Two of the victims attacked by the leopard on Saturday

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