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Kamla Negi is currently undergoing treatment at the base hospital in Srinagar town on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.

Kamla Negi in hospital. Kamla Negi in hospital.

A 56-year-old woman survived a leopard attack at Semkoti village in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district on Sunday by killing the animal with a sickle and a shovel.

Kamla Negi is currently undergoing treatment at the base hospital in Srinagar town on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.

Besides bruises caused by the animal’s bites and scratches, she has reportedly suffered fractures in both hands.

According to reports, Kamla was on way to fields on Sunday morning when she was attacked by the leopard,  which was hiding in a bush.

The woman fought against the animal with the help of her traditional weapons, a sickle and a shovel, which she was carrying at the time of incident. The fight continued for at least half-an-hour, after which she saw the leopard lying lifeless.

Despite being seriously injured, Kamla managed to walk to her village. The villagers brought her to Agastyamuni for treatment. Later she was shifted to the base hospital in Srinagar.
Forest Minister Dinesh Agarwal said Kamla’s story is exceptional.

“I will speak to Chief Minister Harish Rawat for giving her (a) reward. Tomorrow, I will discuss with my officers regarding possible help the department can extend to her,” Agarwal told the The Indian Express over phone.

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