Published On: Tue, Jan 7th, 2020

Leopard kills a boy in Bijnore; Shot dead by villagers

Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh): Enraged villagers of Bhogpur in Bijnor district shot dead a leopard, hours after the feline mauled a 14-year-old boy to death on Monday.

The leopard was a seven years old adult male

Six persons, including the teenager, have been killed in leopard attacks in the district since November.

According to reports, Six persons, including the teenager, have been killed in leopard attacks in the district since November.

Sources said that the villagers cordoned off a sugarcane field and began combing the field when they saw the leopard crouching in a corner. They shot the leopard and dragged its carcass up to the village.

Senior officials, including district magistrate Ramakant Pandey, Najibabad SDM Sangita and SP (city) Laxmi Nivas Mishra reached the village with a large number of policemen.

The boy’s body has been sent to the district hospital for autopsy and a post-mortem was also carried out on the leopard.

The leopard was a seven years old adult male.

Najibabad divisional forest officer Manoj Kumar Shukla said, “The leopard killed Prashant Kumar, 14, of Bhogpur village. Later, villagers shot the big cat dead. The boy’s family will be given Rs 5 lakh as compensation.”

SP (city) Mishra said that a case will be registered in this connection based on the complaint of forest authorities.

According to officials, Prashant Kumar, son of Jai Prakash, was a class 7 student at the government primary school. He had left school after taking his midday meal. The school is located on the outskirts of Bhogpur village, near sugarcane fields.

He was walking towards the sugarcane field when a male leopard suddenly emerged from the cane stalks, pounced on him, dragged him into the field and killed him.

A passerby, who witnessed the attack and tried to rescue the boy, was also injured.

As news of the boy’s death spread in the village, hundreds of villagers, including the deceased’s family, picked up their guns and went to the cane field where the killer leopard was said to be hiding.

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>