Baramulla, June 14: The Wild life department Union Territory Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday issued orders to kill the man-eater leopard that mauled three teenagers to death in the last 48 hours in the Uri area of district Baramulla.
An official order issued by Chief Wildlife Warden said that the animal has turned man-eater and there is every apprehension that the problematic animal may cause further loss of life in the area.
"Keeping in view the given facts and circumstances, the undersigned, in exercise of the powers vested in me under sub-section 1 (a) of the section 11 of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 hereby accords the permission in favour of Wildlife Warden, North Division, Kashmir to hunt or cause the said animal to be hunted forthwith after completing the required formalities," the official order said.
The wildlife department directed that proper identification of the leopard be ensured before it is hunted, ensuring that no animal is hunted on account of mistaken Identity.
"It should be also ensured that this permission is not misused by any organization/ individual to avail the opportunity for hunting any other leopard in the area under the garb of this permission and the permission is valid for 15 days only from the date of its issuance," the order further reads.
On Tuesday morning, a 12-year-old girl was lifted by a leopard at Batangi village of Boniyar.
A police official said that Rutba Manzoor, daughter of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat of Batangi village of Boniyar was lifted away by a maneater leopard and taken to a nearby forest.
Police said that the locals while hearing the cries of the teenager tried to chase the maneater leopard but couldn't save the girl child.
"The dead body of the girl child was later on found in the nearby dense forest," the police official said.
Earlier on June 11, 2022, a minor boy Amir Muneer, 15 was lifted by a leopard in Gatti Kalsum ChoIan Boniyar (Uri), Baramulla at 08:30 pm. His dead body was recovered from a nearby forest.
On June 12, 2022, one more minor child Shahid Ahmad Ganaie of Ganie Mohallah Trakanjan Boniyar was lifted by a leopard at about 06:30 PM. His mutilated (devoured) body was recovered from the adjoining forest area at around 07:30 am the other day.
The incidents have created a general sense of fear among the residents.
The locals of Boniyar also blocked Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road for several hours after the incidents. Reports said the family of Rutba Manzoor accompanied by locals kept the corpse on the highway outside Tehsil headquarters for hours.
The protestors shouted slogans against the Wildlife Department and civil administration for their alleged failure to contain the back to back killings by the man-eater leopard in the area.
An official from the Wildlife department told Rising Kashmir that several parties of wildlife are already on the job to hunt the animal in the area.
"Locals must not venture near the forest areas these days. The leopard has turned into a maneater and it will keep attacking till it is not neutralised," he added.