PULWAMA: Panic gripped several villages in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district after a six-year-old boy was mauled to death by a leopard at Banderpora village Friday evening.
The boy, identified as Mohammad Azim Padroo son of Abdul Hamid Padro, was attacked and dragged to an unknown place by the leopard when the boy was out along with his grandfather in the evening. Early Saturday morning, villagers found the body under a bush, about one kilometer from the village.
Mourning the death of the boy, the villagers alleged that they had informed the wild life authorities about the presence of a leopard in the area. They alleged that the officials paid no attention.
Wild life warden of Shopian-Pulwama division, Ifshana Dewan, however, denied the allegations. She said that they laid a trap to catch the beast but the attempts by the ground staff was not successful. “If we are not be able to catch the beast, orders to kill it would be given soon,” she said, adding that the department regrets the loss of life.
A compensation of 3,00,000 rupees have been issued in favour of the victim’s family.
However, panic continued to grip the village. Schools in Banderpora and adjoining villages remained closed as a precautionary measure. Wildlife authorities have also advised villagers not to visit their fields alone