Protests against leopard attack in Batote

Traffic was disrupted on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Batote town in Doda district Saturday when people protested against death of a minor boy in leopard attack last night, officials said.

Updated: Jun 11, 2011, 14:57 PM IST

Banihal: Traffic was disrupted on the
Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Batote town in Doda
district Saturday when people protested against death of a minor
boy in leopard attack last night, officials said.

Over hundreds of vehicles remained stranded as villagers
blocked the highway for three hours with the dead body of the
boy and raised slogans against the district and wildlife
officials.

They also attacked the District Forest Office in the area
and reportedly damaged a property worth rupees 20 lakhs, they
added.

However, normalcy was restored after the district and
wildlife administration officials rushed to the spot and
ensured the villagers of immediate necessary action.

The incident had occurred at around 9 pm last night when
the six-year-old boy Liyaqat was attacked by the leopard near
a hospital in Batote town of Doda district.

Confirming the incidents of violence, District
Commissioner (Ramban), Shabbir Ahmed added that the exact
amount of damage is still to be ascertained.

Announcing an interm relief for the boy`s family, Ahmed
also assured that all necessary steps will be taken.

"The family of the victim has been given a compensation
of Rs one lakh by the department of wildlife while the
district administration has given a sum of Rs 10,000 to
the family," he said.

He also said that wildlife officials have given the
orders to kill the leopard, who has turned into a man eater.

This is the third incident in the area in recent past
when a person lost his life in the leopard attack.
Earlier a lady was also killed in a similar attack.

PTI