Amreli, Dec 8 : Even as a 'so-called' major operation was on to nab the man-eater leopard in Bagasara area of this district, probably the same beast, which had so far killed at least three people, on Sunday injured a 45-year-old woman.
Police said Dayaben Madvi was attacked by the big cat, while she was sleeping in her house at Lunghiya village under Bagasara taluka. She has been admitted to hospital. The animal fled after the incident.
Fifteen to 20 teams of police and Forest department had started an extensive operation in areas around Bagasara town on Saturday evening to trap one or supposedly more man-eater leopards, which killed at least three people in less than two months, with two of them being mauled to death within the last three days.
The latest such killing took place in new Janjariya village, around two km from Bagasara town on late Saturday night, when Chaganbhai (40), a farm labourer from Rajasthan, was mauled by a leopard, while he was sleeping in an agriculture farm. Similar incidents were reported in areas around Bagasara on December 5 and October 25.
In Amreli district, more than half a dozen such killings have reportedly taken place in the last few months, while in the areas around Gir forests, 17 people have been killed and 66 injured in attacks by leopards in the last one year or so. Amid rising demands of killing of such beasts, who were attacking people in non-forest areas, the Forest department and police have made 15 to 20 teams for the operation to nab the animals and it is carried out in the night, with the help of night vision cameras, CCTV and drone-fitted cameras. (UNI )