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Man eater leopard trapped in Nuapada district

Nandankanan

Nuapada: A leopard which had killed a four-year boy in Haladi village under Khariar Forest Range of Nuapada district on May 26 was trapped in a cage set up by the Forest Department personnel on Saturday.

The animal had spread a reign of terror in the area and recently attacked and injured two persons. The Forest personnel had been searching for the big cat since then.

On May 26 night, the leopard had picked up four-year-old Chhagan and mauled him to death. Chhagan was the son of Ketki Pandey and Hiralal Pandey. Villagers recovered the head of the boy from the forest nearby and it is believed that the animal ate the torso. The incident took place when the boy’s family members were sleeping outside their house.

Earlier, the villagers had spotted the leopard at the Shiva temple atop the hillock and since then, efforts were underway by the Forest department officials to trap the animal.

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