A boy was mauled to death by a wild leopard in the periphery of the famous hill resort of Pahalgam in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on Sunday, official sources said.
Eight-year-old Imtiyaz Ahmad Sheikh was playing outside his house at village Frislan, 100 km from here, when the wild beast appeared from the nearby forest and attacked him, the sources said.
They said the cries of the boy attracted the attention of his family members and the neighbours but the leopard fled back into the forest while dragging the boy along.
Later, the body of the boy was recovered by the joint search party of the police and locals and handed over to his family for last rites, the sources said.
Over two dozen people, including minors, have fallen victim to wild animals, particularly leopards and black bears, in Jammu and Kashmir this year.