Ahmedabad A young leopard was found dead on Tuesday near a village in Amreli district, reportedly stoned to death by irate villagers after the wild animal attacked three men who were out answering nature’s call in a nearby field.
Two of the men, who are siblings, were seriously injured and admitted to a government health facility at Khambha. The third man also reportedly broke an arm while running away when the animal attacked.
“I went to the site and saw the leopard’s body. It seems less than a year old and is no bigger than a dog. Apart from some blood oozing from the mouth, there were no signs of external wounds. A post mortem will be conducted,” said Anshuman Sharma, Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF), Gir (East).
He said villagers, including the sarpanch of Daldi village of Khambha taluka, about 6 to 7 km from where the animal’s corpse was found, had so far given little information about the incident.
Sharma said he would speak to the injured men in the hospital to piece together what exactly happened.
The three injured have been identified as Haji Abraham Naya (40), his younger brother Mohammad Abraham Naya (35) and another villager, Karu Bachu Sindhi (45). Haji was allegedly attacked first and his brother was subsequently injured by the leopard when he tried to save him. Sindhi ran for life, fell and broke his arm.
Villagers had earlier reportedly filed a complaint with the forest department about leopards in the area ravaging their livestock, but Sharma said he was unaware of it.
At least 10 people have reportedly been killed in attacks by leopards in Amreli district and neighbouring Junagadh this year.