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Nearly 100 attacked in man-animal conflict

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Srinagar, October 10, 2013
First Published: 18:04 IST(10/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:06 IST(10/10/2013)

Twelve people have been killed and over a 100 others were injured in animal attacks in the last three years.


This was stated by minister for urban development, Rigzin Jora on Thursday in the legislative council.

The minister said most of these attacks happened in Kupwara in north Kashmir.

According to the government, the state has witnessed increase in man-animal conflicts, due to the expanding human population, encroachment of forestlands and wastelands, fragmentation of wild animal habitat due to development activities and conversion of habitats into croplands and orchards.

Replying to a calling attention notice of Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah, the minister said during last five years, an amount of Rs. 240.70 lakh have been paid as compensation or ex-gratia to the injured and kin of the deceased people.

The minister said an amount of Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 33,000 in case of injury and Rs. 1 lakh in case of death is provided as per the existing norms of the state.

The minister also informed the council that government has proposed to increase the ex-gratia compensation to Rs. 3 lakh in case of death.

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