The deadly incidents of man-eater attacks in various parts of Uttarakhand have become order of the day with the state government’s wild life forest department including the police becoming mere mute spectators rather than saving the precious lives of the local inhabitants who fall prey to these predators.
Maneater leopard n tiger killings have assumed disastrous proportion with daily fatalities being noticed in various parts of this Himalayan state. This is indeed worrisome as people in the interior hills n even busy townships are badly panicked with no hope of their life safe especially in the evenings. The predators are roaming freely in search of human flesh coming near the human habitats and dragging children to the jungles thus making them their regular prey. Women working in agricultural fields are the worst victims. There had been several incidents of man-eaters even entering houses in search of human flesh.
Just yesterday a thirty year old women in Maletha village, Kirti Nagar near Srinagar , Pauri Garhwal was attacked by a predator (leopard) and brutally killed in broad day light making the villagers n inhabitants of Kirti Nagar block of Pauri Garhwal extremely terrorised n panicked who are compelled to stay indoors out of fear of the man-eaters. Similarly four days ago an eight year old girl was pounced upon and subsequently killed by another man-eater in Tehri Garhwal’s Dewal Gram Panchayat , Pratap Nagar , Uttarakhand. Few days ago there was another fatality of a twelve year old girl who was made the terrible prey by a man-eater, killing her brutally in Gram Panchayat, Kholgarh sending shock waves in entire Garhwal region.
There had been a kill of a man-eater few days ago by government appointed shooters in Chamoli district where a man-eater had brutally killed two adolescent girls, providing huge relief to the local populace. It may be recalled that a leopard or tiger can run hundreds of kilometres within few hours. It’s therefore very difficult for the forest department n wild life officials n shooters to recognise the man-eaters , and sometimes those killed can’t be the confirmed whether it was the man-eater who killed the human being or another one, a non maneater.
The government of Uttarakhand will have to target areas where the local inhabitants are vulnerable to man-eater attacks and should hire shooters providing them with enough tranquilizers n cages n other means to capture these man-eaters at all costs. In case they become a constant risk to human beings they should be killed as human lives are more precious than anything else though nobody would prefer killing these endangered species. Till now, according to a conservative estimate about more than sixty people have been killed in various parts of Uttarakhand in a year or two and nearly 65 man-eaters since the last twenty years till date after the state’s formation in the year 2000.
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