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Minor girl killed by wild animal in Boniyar Baramulla

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Srinagar: After two incidents in last few days involving killing of two children, a 12-year-old girl has now fallen prey to a predator at Batangi Boniyar in Baramulla district.
Reports said that a girl identified as Rutba Manzoor daughter of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat was pounced upon by a wild animal and taken away to nearby forests this morning. Alerted by the cries, the family and locals tried to chase the animal, possibly a leopard, however, the beast disappeared in the dense forests with the child.
After strenuous efforts, the child was found dead by the locals.
Notably, two minor boys fell prey to wild animal(s) in two incidents in last few days at Cholan Kalsi Ghati and Trikanjan Boniyar areas respectively.
There has been a widespread outrage in Baramulla over these incidents in which lives of three young children were lost in the last few days. On Monday 12-year-old Shahid Ahmad son of Abdul Jabbar Ganai of Boniyar was mauled to death by a wild animal when he had taken his cattle for grazing to a nearby forest area. Earlier, a 12-year-old boy was killed after being attacked by a wild animal in the same area on Saturday.
Soon after today’s fresh incident, locals and families of trio victims staged a protest demonstration and blocked Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway at Uri town.
The protesters alleged that the administration is silent and no concrete steps have been taken so far to tackle the threat of wild animals. Shouting slogans against the Wildlife Department, leopards have been seen roaming in the residential area for quite some time but no steps were taken by wildlife officials to ensure safety of the locals.
The J&K Chief Wildlife Warden while terming the animal as man-eater issued a shoot at sight order for the said animal.
Giving instructions, the Wildlife Warden said that proper identification of the leopard be ensured before it is hunted, ensuring that no animal is hunted on account of mistaken identity.
Further, there should be ensured that this permission is not misused by an organization or individual to avail the opportunity for hunting any other leopard in the area under the garb of this permission. Also the body of the animal shall be disposed of by burning it to ashes in presence of wildlife warden north division Kashmir as per the protocol.
Meanwhile, another official said that extensive search operations are underway in the area to kill the animal. “We have deployed multiple teams for patrolling and awareness among the general public,” he said, appealing to people to take maximum care of their children until this animal is killed. (Agencies)


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