A day after it was beaten to death by a mob in Mandawar village in Gurgaon’s Sohna area, the three-to-four-year-old male leopard that had entered the village was cremated on Friday.
“The leopard’s post-mortem was conducted by a panel of three veterinary doctors. The animal has been cremated, though we cannot reveal where,” said Rambir Singh, Conservator of Forests (Wildlife). “We are awaiting the autopsy report. Only after examining it can we share further details.”
Singh said an investigation would be conducted into the animal’s death, and action would be taken against those responsible. M D Sinha, Conservator of Forests (Gurgaon Circle), said, “An FIR has been registered against unknown persons as per the Wildlife Protection Act.”
The leopard was beaten to death after it ventured into Mandawar village on Thursday morning. Although forest officials and police officers were on the spot, the animal caused havoc for over three hours as they struggled to rescue it.
The animal attacked eight people, including a forest official, before it was beaten to death by villagers at around 11.30 am.
Forest officials claimed they could not rescue the animal because “1,500 people” had gathered in the village to watch the events unfold, and this prevented officials from doing their job effectively.
Singh said officials will step up efforts to sensitise and educate people living in close proximity to the Aravalli forests, to prevent a repeat of such an incident.
“Forest officials have been regularly going to these villages and speaking with people, but efforts will be stepped up,” said Singh. “Attempts will be made to make people aware and educate them, so that if there is any man-animal confrontation, they know how to deal with it better.”