Kin of leop­ard at­tack vic­tim to get ` 8 lakh

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Vaishali Bala­ji­wale correspondent@ dnain­dia. net

The for­est de­part­ment will com­pen­sate the fam­ily of the four- yearold boy who suc­cumbed to in­juries af­ter he was killed by a leop­ard, on Fri­day.

The famiy will re­cieve Rs8 lakhs com­pen­sa­tion. Three cages have al­ready been put up at Kute vasti near Saikheda af­ter Sarthak Ma­hesh Solse was snatched by the leop­ard at a sug­ar­cane field near Saikheda, and ran away with the child. He was de­clared dead at the hos­pi­tal.

The for­est of­fi­cers who were on the spot, in­cluded B R Dhakre, range for­est of­fi­cer, A P Kale, forester, T d Bhoye forester. Their team con­ducted a sur­vey of the area in the morn­ing on Satur­day. “As it was rain­ing on Fri­day night, we could not do any­thing ex­cept put up a cage with meat as bait,” stated A P Kale. “There are al­ready 8 cages placed to trap leop­ards in Niphad Tehsil which falls un­der the Ye­ola for­est range of­fice,” stated B R Dhakre, range for­est of­fi­cer.

Vil­lagers have de­manded more cages to be set up to trap the an­i­mal. “We un­der­stand their sen­ti­ment and fear, par­tic­u­larly when the life of a child is lost. But ac­cord­ing to the law, the an­i­mal also needs to be pro­tected,” Kale added.

“We have been bat­tling with man- an­i­mal con­flict for a long time now and are con­tin­u­ously ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple in the re­gion on this is­sue telling lo­cals not to re­turn home by dark, not to leave chil­dren unat­tended,” stated A P Kale.

In­spite of cam­paign­ing to cre­ate aware­ness to pro­tect against the an­i­mal at­tack, the pop­u­la­tion of leop­ards in this re­gion is in­creas­ing.

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