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India's shame - leopard burnt to death

 

On Wednesday, 23 March 2011, a leopard mauled three people from Dhamdhar village in Adnala Range of Kalagarh Forest Division, Corbett Tiger Reserve in the state of Uttarakhand. The leopard was soon trapped inside a cattle shed in which it had taken shelter. The Forest Department team arrived and  tranquilised the leopard, after which it was put into a cage. But the moment they started to transport the cage to the nearest range office at Rathuwadhab, the forest staff were surrounded by a mob of about 400 angry villagers who seized the cage and started attacking the caged leopard using iron rods, sickles and stones. The mob then doused the caged leopard with kerosene and burnt it alive in the presence of helpless forest and police officials. A postmortem revealed that the leopard was not a man-eater.

Ten people, including two women, have been booked for the crime under the the IPC and the Wild Life (Protection) Act. Two people were arrested from Dhamdhar village on 25 March, while the other accused are absconding.

Information Source:
Dr Harendra Singh Bargali, Deputy Director, The Corbett Foundation

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