A 70 year old farmer has been mauled to death by a Leopard at Palri village of Udaipur on Saturday evening about 15 kilometers from the city.The villagers rushed the victim to the government hospital where he was declared dead by the doctors.
The victim was identified as Fatah Singh Kharwad a resident of Palri village of Udaipur. This is the first incidence of human attack in Leopard attack of this at Udaipur. However the leopard that killed the victim has become a man eater as he had eaten some of his body parts after attacking him.
The leopard has pounced on the farmer, Fatah Singh and dragged him to few meter before killing him while he was keeping guard to protect his crops at his field situated behind his house.
Following the chilling incidence forest officials along with administrative officers rushed to the scene to take the stock of the situation.
The big cat first chocked the victim to death, then he ate few parts of his abdominal and than he took one of his leg away with him leaving him the pool of blood.
The incidence caused panic in the residents with surroundings areas frightened to even step out of their houses.
As per the Sarpanch Sanjay Sharma the movement of a duo of Leopard is seen in the area from last 3 years, they use to attack the cattle and stray dogs for their food. They claimed that they have shared it with the administrative officials and the officials of concern department too in the past but no step has been taken so far.
The dead body of the accused was shifted to mortuary for postmortem, but aggrieved over the incident the villagers staged a protest and denied for the postmortem following the demand of compensation for the victim's family and also to capture the leopard as soon as possible.
Soon the administrative officials including Assistant Conservator of Forest Narpat Singh Rathore reached at mortuary to convince the villagers, after a long interaction with the Sarpanch Sanjay Sharma and the villagers they somehow convinced them for conducting postmortem.
Assitant Conservator of Forest Narpat Singh said that an amount of Rs. 5 lakhs was declared as compensation by the forest department, he said that 5 cages were also installed in the area and a team of forest guards started patrolling and conducting a search operation for the animal with the help of drone. Moreover the department will soon write a letter to the head office to declare the leopard man-eater.
Sarpanch Sharma said that a total amount of Rs. 20 lakhs has been declared as compensation by the administration including Rs. 5 lakhs from Forest Department, 4 lakhs through Chiranjivi Scheme, 6 lakhs through insurance policies.
He said that the administration has also assured to provide a contractual job to one of the two sons of the deceased farmer.
However the dead body of the deceased man was handed over to his relatives after conducting the postmortem and the search operation of the animal is still on.
Tough Udaipur is surrounded by a big population of Leopards and the movement of the ferocious animal is common in various areas of the district, but this is the second incident of Udaipur where a Leopard became a man-eater. The first such incident came to light in August 2019 when a Leopard was declared man eater and shot dead after it had killed a 10 year old girl at Patiya village while she was grazing cattles, he earlier killed a 15 year boy at man at Chanwda village and also attacked a 40 year old man in the same area on July 24 in the year 2019.