Kin of leopard attack victim to get ` 8 lakh
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.