May 4, 2009 1:07:45 am
A leopard died of suffocation after being entrapped in a fishing net at Khatalwad village of Umergaon taluka in Valsad district on Sunday.
Arjun Chaudhry,a forest official said that a cage was set up outside a house in the village after it was learnt that a leopard is hiding inside it.
The leopard had injured a woman and a police constable before entering a house.
The forest and police officers placed the cage in front of the entrance door of the house and erected a wall of fishing net at a distance from the cage. After sometime the leopard jumped out of the window of the house and got trapped in the net,they said.
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A mob jumped on the net to overpower the big cat,which subsequently resulted in the animals death,the officials said.
They,however,denied the charge that animal died due to beating with sticks after it was trapped. No injury marks were found on its body in the post mortem,they said.
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