Leopard killed by Gurgaon villagers after it mauls nine people

Nearly seven people were injured in the incident and taken to the civil hospital in nearby Sohna.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2016 6:27 pm
leopard Gurgaon, Leopard in Gurgaon, Leopard killed Gurgaon, Leopard Sohna road, leopard gurgaon village A leopard entered the village Mandawar near Sohna on Thursday early morning injuring several villagers before it was killed in Gurgaon. (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar)

In a case of human-animal conflict, a leopard strayed into a village in Gurgaon where it was clubbed to death by its residents after it mauled nine people, including a policeman. There was widespread panic on the streets of Mandawar village as the feline was on the loose for around three hours. The animal was spotted at Mandawar village here in the morning. It was seen attacking a few stray animals, Rambir Singh, Conservator of Wildlife, Gurgaon said.
The incident came to light today morning when the leopard sneaked into the village and hid itself under one of the beds as it kept shifting from one spot to the other.

Gurgaon, India, November 24: A Leopard entered in village Mundawala near Sohna on Thursday early morning, leopard injured around ten villagers, after that villagers killed leopard, in Gurgaon, on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Photo by Manoj Kumar (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) Gurgaon, India, November 24: A Leopard entered in village Mundawala near Sohna on Thursday early morning, leopard injured around ten villagers, after that villagers killed leopard, in Gurgaon, on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Photo by Manoj Kumar (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar)

Some residents had locked themselves up inside their houses even as villagers scoured the place with rods and sticks. 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, he said.

(Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar)

After nearly three hours, it was cornered and beaten to death reportedly in the presence of police and wildlife officials as residents dragged its corpse to the main road.

Photo by Manoj Kumar Photo by Manoj Kumar Photo by Manoj Kumar Photo by Manoj Kumar (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) Gurgaon, India, November 24: A Leopard entered in village Mundawala near Sohna on Thursday early morning, leopard injured around ten villagers, after that villagers killed leopard, in Gurgaon, on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Photo by Manoj Kumar (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar)

Nearly nine people were injured in the incident and taken to the civil hospital in nearby Sohna, the official said. Even after the cat was dead, several visibly angry villagers had gathered around the corpse and continued beating it with sticks.

(Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) Photo by Manoj Kumar Photo by Manoj Kumar Gurgaon, India, November 24: A Leopard entered in village Mundawala near Sohna on Thursday early morning, leopard injured around ten villagers, after that villagers killed leopard, in Gurgaon, on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Photo by Manoj Kumar An injured villager. (Source: Manoj Kumar)

Villagers have previously alleged that police and wildlife officials are not equipped to handle such a situation. Meanwhile, irate villagers complained that the forest officials reached the venue late. “We informed the forest department and Gurgaon police immediately after spotting the feline. However, they reached the spot late,” a villager Dhani Ram said.

Singh, however, said that a team of district forest officer, three inspectors and veterinary doctors reached the spot within half an hour with all safety measures and a cage to catch the leopard. “We faced difficulty when an aggressive mob of around 1,500 villagers started attacking the leopard. The animal also retaliated and in the scuffle, nine persons were injured. The leopard died later,” he said.

Gurgaon, India, November 24: A Leopard entered in village Mundawala near Sohna on Thursday early morning, leopard injured around ten villagers, after that villagers killed leopard, in Gurgaon, on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Photo by Manoj Kumar (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar)

This development is latest in a string of leopard sightings around the Aravallis where these cats usually live. Experts believe the reason behind such human-animal conflicts is due to increasing urbanisation as builders encroach upon forest land to meet the growing demand for commercial and residential real estate.

(Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar)

The Wildlife Conservator said legal action would be taken against those responsible for the death. “We will take legal action against those found guilty of killing the animal. A panel of three doctors has been formed to do the postmortem,” he said.

(Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar) (Source: Photo by Manoj Kumar)

(With PTI inputs)