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Forest dept traps leopard who snatched baby girl

PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: The forest department trapped a six-year-old female leopard on Saturday in Yedgaon village. The cat had killed Kalyani Zete, a five-month-old baby, from a shepherd’s family, in Yedgaon village near Narayangaon.

BC Yele, vary forest officer, Otur, said, “The female leopard used to be stuck in the cage saved near the spot the place she killed the infant girl. The villagers got here to understand at 5am when she started growling. The leopard has been despatched to the rescue centre at Manikdoh.”

The family has been paid a reimbursement of Rs 3 lakh. After approval, the rest Rs 12 lakh will probably be deposited in the bank as a hard and fast deposit for the mother and father after approval.

Sharad Neharkar, a resident of Yedgaon village, said, “There is a family of a male and female leopards alongwith their two cubs residing round Yedgaon village for the past three hundred and sixty five days. The female leopard has been stuck however the rest three are roaming freely. On Saturday afternoon, the daughter of a shepherd camping in the village spotted two cubs. The leopards killed her sheep in the evening.”

The leopards had killed 4 goats in his box a fortnight ago. He said the cages must be saved in the village to lure the leopards.

SR Khatte, round officer, Khodad, Junnar department said, “We installed 4 cages in Yedgaon village. We have despatched the cage with the leopard to Manikdoh. We are putting in cages anywhere the local people have reported that they have got spotted a leopard or the place leopard assaults on domestic animals have took place. We have installed a cage each and every in Pimpalwandi and Kandali Nagadwadi. We carried out public consciousness about preventive measures at Yedeshwar highschool in Ganeshnagar and after the flag hoisting at the gram panchayat workplace. We allotted pamphlets to the scholars. Night patrolling is carried out in the villages.”

Kalyani used to be killed in leopard attack in Yedgaon village of Junnar taulka on Wednesday. Sukhdev Zete, her father, is a local of Jambhut Budruk village in Sangamner taluka of neighbouring Ahmednagar district. He had come along with his family and their flock of sheep and goats to Junnar taulak on the lookout for fodder.

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