Haryana, 25 Nov: In a disheartening incident, a crowd of villagers dastardly killed a 3-year-old leopard with sticks and axes in Gurugram.
The incident took place at Mandawar village under Sohna tehsil in Gurugram district where a leopard was first spotted at around 8 am in a small farm house. As the news spread, nearly 800 villagers gathered at the spot to confront the big cat.
According to the reports, the animal injured around dozen people. Around three hours, the big cat managed to save himself from the locals who were desperate to kill him.
As the ill-prepared wildlife officials failed to rescue a 3-year-old leopard, the villagers beaten him to death mercilessly with axes and batons.Not only that villagers paraded the carcass as a trophy, while officials of the wildlife department and police were shooed away.
The so called “victory march” that followed also disrupted traffic on the Sohna-Faridabad Expressway for about 20 minutes.
“We informed the wildlife department and the police as soon as the leopard was spotted. They reached after an hour. By that time the leopard had injured at least 12 people and it was jumping from one spot to the other,” stated a local Lalit Bhardwaj, who had suffered injuries while the big cat was being lynched.
While police officers were trying to pacify the villagers, they continued to squabble and wanted to kill the leopard. The villagers scared that the animal could escape and cause further harm to people. The wildlife department officials had a tranquiliser gun but they failed to act in the face of the angry mob that was determined to kill the beast.
However, some of the villagers said they did not stop the wildlife officials. According to local resident Mahesh Chandila, “The wildlife officials failed to target the leopard with the tranquiliser gun even as the cat was trapped in a fodder barrow for about 90 minutes.”
The leopard finally jumped out of the fodder barrow, attacked a forest guard and entered the toilet of a nearby house. The mob fury reached its crescendo and the villagers forced the leopard to move out of the toilet. The moment leopard came out, people attacked it with batons and axe. The leopard sustained multiple injuries and died in minutes.
When contacted, a conservator rank officer said the police failed to control the mass of villagers and there was no scope for wildlife officials to rescue the leopard.
The conservator stated that the leopard need an open space and it kept trying to escape from the human settlement. But after facing the ruthless crowd, the big cat had instinctively attacked the villagers. The leopard’s postmortem was conducted in the presence of three doctors and it was later cremated.
Meanwhile, as per the law the wildlife department has recommended the case to the Gurugram police commissioner for filing an FIR against unidentified people.