Leopard beaten to death by mob in village near Gurgaon
A leopard was beaten to death by angry villagers in Gurgaon’s Sohna area on Thursday after the animal ran loose on the streets on the locality, triggering widespread panic for hours.
The leopard reportedly injured nine persons.The animal was spotted around 8.10am and ran amok for more than three hours on the streets of Mandawar village, 26 kilometres from Gurgaon. The animal was seen attacking few stray animals. Soon, a huge crowd of nearly 1,500 people from nearby Kasan ki Dhani and Sukhroli villages gathered and started attacking the animal with axes, bamboo sticks and stones.
The leopard was cornered in a hut around 11.45 am, beaten to death in front of police and wildlife officials and its corpse dragged to the main road. Villagers complained that the forest officials reached the venue late. “We informed the forest department and Gurugram police immediately after spotting the feline. However, they reached the spot late,” said a villager.
The Wildlife Conservators said legal action would be taken against those responsible for the death.
“He was beaten to death by villagers despite repeated requests. Some villagers have been injured in the attack.,” said inspector Mukesh Kumar, the station house officer, Sohna police station who was at the spot.
This is the latest in a string of similar leopard sightings around the hilly region where several such big cats live in the Aravalli ranges.In September, residents of Sector 51 claimed to have spotted a leopard. In August too, a full-grown leopard was caught on camera trap in the Bandhwari forest.