Anantnag: A 75-year-old woman was mauled to death by a bear while her 40-year-old daughter-in-law was critically injured in the attack that took place south Kashmir Kulgam district Monday afternoon.
The slain was identified as Fatima Begum and her injured daughter-in-law as Shaheena Bano, both residents of Ladgov village in Kulgam district.
The incident is seen as an indicator of growing man-animal conflict in the rural areas of south Kashmir. Earlier on Saturday, a minor boy was attacked and dragged away from the village by a leopard from outside his house in Banderpora village of Pulwama district. His body was recovered the next morning.
Monday’s incident took place at about 3:15 in the afternoon. “My mother, wife and my daughter had gone to their orchard on the outskirts of the village when a bear attacked them,” Reyaz Ahmad Bhat, Shaheena’s husband told media men at the Kulgam district hospital.
Fatima and Shaheena were rushed to hospital where Fatima was declared brought dead. “Fatima had a gash in her throat proving fatal for her. Shaheena has injury to her head and is stable after stitches and treatment,” Medical Superintendent of the Kulgam district hospital, Dr R D Kasana, told Kashmir Reader. He said that Shaheena’s daughter Hina too had some scratches but she has been sent home after first aid.
Residents of the area have alleged that the Wildlife department has been ignoring their repeated pleas to prevent wild animal attacks in the villages.
“The wild animals have not ventured into our village for the first time. We have time and again intimated the department to take cognizance of this, but to no avail,” said a resident of Ladgov who accompanied the injured to the hospital.