India: PCCF orders to shoot down ‘man-eater leopard’

10 Nov 2008, 0830 hrs IST, PTI
CHANDRAPUR: Finally, the Principal Conservator of Forests (PCCF) has ordered to shoot down the man-eater leopard of Vejgaon, it is reported.
The order to shoot down the leopard was received by fax by the Office of Conservator of Forests, South Chanda Forest Circle on Sunday morning. It may be recalled here that the leopard had killed two persons while injuring half a dozen of people from Vejgaon and nearby villages in Gondpipri tehsil of the district, since October, 2008.
The people of the area were gripped by panic and efforts by the Forest Department officials to curb the menace of the animal were not successful. With this, the villagers had taken the issue to the streets. Even the livestock and other animals were being attacked by the leopard.
Every effort to cage the beast was failed and eluded the shooters waiting with tranquillizing darts in the area. Hence, the local authorities had recommended for eliminating the beast by shooting it down.
When contacted CF Maheep Gupta, South Chanda Forest Circle, he confirmed the issuance of the orders to kill the leopard of Vejgaon by stating that the permission to this effect was “sought by us and B Majumdar, PCCF (wildlife), has issued the orders to kill the leopard.”
He also told that the order through fax to this effect reached his office on Sunday morning.
Accordingly, a couple of sharp shooters from the police department have been re requisitioned and are expected to reach the area of their assignment any time within next 24 hrs, he added.
It may be mentioned here that political leaders too were demanding the forest officials with a demand to shoot down the leopard so as to provide earliest any possible harm to the residents of the area. 
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