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Shoot at sight: CF Malathi Priya orders to tackle leopard menace within eight days

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Mysuru: After a 23-year-old college student died of leopard attack at S Kebbehundi village in T Narasipur taluk, forest department has issued a shoot at sight order within eight days to check the menace of the big cat.

Meghana a final year BCom student at the Government Degree College in T Narasipur, succumbed to the injuries after she was attacked by a leopard near her house in the night.

Following the incident enraged villagers vented their anguish against the forest officials and refused to take the body home from the government Hospital till the authorities concerned take a call on checking the leopard menace. As the villagers sat on flash protest with MLA Ashwin Kumar joining them, they turned more adamant.

As the situation was hotting up, Conservator of Forest Malathi Priya, DCF Kamala V Karikalan rushed to the spot and visited the hospital in the midnight hours. They also convinced the villagers about immediate action taken to catch the elusive leopard.

Malathi Priya explained that a cheque for Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia will be given to the next of kin of the deceased on the spot, besides announcing additional Rs 2.5 lakh compensation. A pension of Rs 2000 per month will be given up to five years for the family and a job on contract basis in forest department will be offered to any one of the family members, the CF added.

Besides, the CF informed that “A 15 teams have been formed to trace the leopard and have been ordered to shoot at sight”.

While the RFO of T Narasipur has been sent on compulsory leave for dereliction of duty.

The irate villagers who later budged agreed to take the body home after midnight hours.

SP R Chetan, MLC C N Manjegowda also visited the spot.

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