Residents of Wadi village in Gujarat’s Surat district burnt alive a leopard trapped in a cage set up by the forest department on Thursday night.
The incident took place a day after a seven-year-old girl was mauled to death by a big cat in the area. It is yet to be ascertained whether the leopard killed by villagers was the same that attacked the girl. The forest department has lodged a case against the villagers for violating animal protection laws.
Forest officials had installed five cages at different locations after a leopard killed the girl. According to them, a leopard was trapped in one of the cages Thursday. As the news spread, people rushed to the spot to kill the animal.
Eyewitnesses said the villagers overpowered the forest officials near the cage, poured kerosene on the leopard and burnt it alive.