KHAG-BUDGAM: A bear was beaten to death by angry locals after he injured four villagers in Shunglipora village in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, a forest official said.
Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh and Ishfaq Ahmad sheikh sustained major injuries in the bear attack, however, Sajad Ahmad Sheikh and Abdul Rashid Khan received minor injuries, locals said.
Nazir Ahmad a local boy said that on middle of the day when the people were busy in fields, the bear made a surprise entry in the village and attacked the villagers.
During the attack four people sustained injuries and were removed to nearby primary health centre Khag.
BMO Khag Dr Idrees told Kashmir Reader that among the four injured two had received grevious injuries and were immediately shifted to SMHS hospital Srinagar for specialised treatment.
He added that one of them has suffered injury on face and body and their scalp was peeled off.
As soon as the news spread in the village, , the villagers rushed to the spot and laid a cordon around him.
Soon after the wildlife department was intimidated, they rushed to the spot and neutralised him.
An official from wildlife department told Kashmir Reader that they managed to tranquilize the bear that had climbed on a walnut tree.
However, after tranquilizing him, the people beat bear to death.
A case has also been registered in this regard in police station Khag and investigation is on.
“Though the incident of man-animal conflict was confirmed, we are inquiring into the incident,” SDM Beerwah Abdul Majeed said.
“Though tension prevailed in the village after the incident, the situation was now under control,” he said.
Family members of the injured and deceased (in case there would be anyone) would get compensation as per government provision, he said.
He however blamed the people for the rise in fatalities during man animal conflict.
“The people are responsible for this environmental disaster, they have cut down trees in thousands and ruined their shelter and habitat thus prompted them to come to residential areas,” Majeed said.
He went on saying “our consciousness is dead, we can’t blame wildlife department as well, and they have done a great job since past few years.”