Srinagar- In yet another deadly incident of man-animal conflict, a seven-year-old boy on Tuesday was mauled to death by a leopard in Nesbal area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
7-year-old Zaid Bashir had gone missing from his native Nesbal village on Monday evening following which a massive search operation was launched by Police, army’s 13RR. CRPF with the assistance of the locals, officials said Tuesday.
According to them, bloodstains and clothes of the boy were found near a field, leading them to suspect that a leopard, which had been sighted often in the area, had attacked the boy.
After overnight search, the boy’s mutilated body was found in a nearby hillock in Nesbal in the early morning on Tuesday.
After legal-medical formalities, the body was handed over to his family members for last rites.
Meanwhile, three people, including a woman were attacked and injured on Tuesday by a black bear in Damhal Hanjipora area of South Kashmir Kulgam district.
Muhammad Ramzan Malik, Muhammad Shafi Malik and Raja Begum were working in an orchard in their native Nagam village of DH Pora when a bear appeared there and attacked them, reports said. The trio sustained injuries in the surprise bear attack. They raised an alarm following which other villagers rushed to their rescue.
All the injured, reports said, were removed to the district hospital, Kulgam for treatment.
“We were passing through the area when we learnt that a bear had mauled a man. We rushed to the spot and found three people, including a woman injured,” Zahid Iqbal, an eyewitness said.
He said that the area has been witnessing frequent attacks by wild animals. Iqbal urged the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kulgam and wildlife department to look into the matter and save villagers from further beast attacks. (With KNO inputs)
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