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Forest dept watches over Velhe

PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: The wooded area department has started night time and day patrolling in and around Osade village in Velhe taluka at the same time as folks seemed scared to challenge out in the open on Friday after a leopard attacked and severely injured Chhaban Jorkar, a clergyman, not too long ago.

IG Mulani, vary wooded area officer, Velhe, said, "We have informed the villagers that they must not venture alone in the open or play loud music on cellphones while moving around. They must keep domestic animals in enclosed sheds and take other safety measures. We did not find the leopard during patrolling. There is a demand from the villagers for setting up cages in Osade village to catch it leopard."

Jorkar of Osadjai temple sustained injuries in the leopard assault on Wednesday night time when he used to be dozing outside his house. He is undergoing remedy at a personal clinic in Khadakwasla. Pratap Thube of Thube Nursing Home said, "Jorkar's condition is stable and he is recovering. He will be kept under observation for another five days."

Natwar Javalekar, sarpanch of Osade village, said, "There is an atmosphere of fear in the village. The fields are located away from the houses in gaothan area but the villagers are reluctant to go to their fields due to fear of the leopard . Farmers are also reluctant to go to their fields located along Mutha river for the same reason. Many students using bicycles to commute to the Malkhed school did not attend classes on Friday due to the leopard scare."

Vandana Shede, former sarpanch of Vardade village, said that villagers had been anxious due to the leopard and had been reluctant to go to work in the fields. Javalekar and Shede demanded that the wooded area department catch the leopard to dispel the fear.

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