As Thursday came to a close, it left in its wake two terrible headlines. First came from Gurugram where a leopard was clubbed to death after it mauled nine people in Mandawar village. Second reached us from Assam where a Royal Bengal tiger was killed after it gravely injured three people.
The Gurugram incident saw the leopard create havoc on the streets for nearly three hours where it attacked nine people including a policeman. The feline had entered the village in the morning and hidden under a bed after it was found shifting from one spot to the other.
According to Rambir Singh, Conservator of Wildlife, Gurgaon, the villagers had locked themselves up while others searched for the animal with sticks and rods. Soon, nearly 1,500 people gathered from nearby Kasan ki Dhani and Sukhroli villages and attacked the leopard with axes, stones, and rods.
After it was beaten to death, reportedly in the presence of wildlife officials and police, the villagers dragged its corpse to the main road.
Coming to Assam, a Royal Bengal tiger was lynched in Baghmara, a village near Jorhat. But only after it had injured three people during the day. According to Jorhat additional SP Gunindra Deka, the tiger attacked the first person in the morning, the second a couple of hours later, and attacked the third around noon and carried him by his neck. Soon the tiger was killed by angry villagers with spears and machetes. The villagers finally cornered the cat in a paddy field where it was killed.
It is believed that the tiger had strayed out of the Kaziranga National Park in search of prey. However, what’s concerning is that after killing the tiger, people pulled out its teeth, nail and a portion of his body.
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