Gram Pradhan & 150 others booked for burning caged leopard

Thursday, 26 May 2022 | PNS | Pauri

In the incident of a caged leopard being burnt alive by villagers on Tuesday, the Pauri police have registered a case against Gram Pradhan of Siplori village, five other persons and 150 unknown persons. According to the police, the forester of Nagdev range Satish Chandra lodged a report in the Pauri Kotwali against Gram Pradhan Anil Kumar, Devendra Singh, Sarita Devi, Vikram Singh, Kailash Devi along with 150 unknown persons.The report stated that   earlier this month a leopard had killed a woman in the Siproli village.The forest department installed cage in the village to trap the leopard. On Tuesday morning the leopard was trapped in the cage. When the officer and employees of the department were taking the caged leopard to Nagdev range, the Gram Pradhan Anil Kumar with more than 150 persons snatched the cage and burnt the leopard alive using petrol and dry grass. The mob also manhandled the Forest department employees. The police said that the case has been registered against six named persons including the Gram Pradhan and  150 unknown persons under Wildlife Protection Act and different sections of Indian Penal Code for killing the leopard, obstructing official work, manhandling government personnel and rioting. The sub inspector of Paubo police post Deepak Panwar is investigating the case. No arrest had been made till the time of this report being filed. Sources state that the mob which killed the leopard included villagers of Siplori, Sarna and Kalmori.

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