Friday, May 07, 2010

Boy dragged away by leopard, killed in Amreli village

Boy dragged away by leopard, killed in Amreli village
Times of India

The fifth human was mauled to death by a leopard in Saurashtra within the past three months — this time an eightyear-old boy in Amreli district — on Thursday. According to forest officials, Mayur Solanki, a resident of Anida village in Khambha taluka, was asleep in an open field outside his hut with his family members at night when he was dragged away. However, his family did not realise he was not there till they woke up on Thursday. The family found the body from nearby bushes after a while. Confirming the news, deputy conservator of forests (Gir East) Maniswar Raja said, "The family ekes out a living by daily wages. Mayur's body was found about 200 m away from the place where he was asleep." The forest department announced a Rs 1 lakh compensation for the deceased's family. "We have placed cages in the area to nab the leopard,'' Raja said.

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