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Panther injures four in Panchkula village

It was a terror-filled Tuesday afternoon for residents of Badauna village in Raipur Rani block, 35 km from the city, after a panther entered the village, injuring four people. The beast had not been caught till the filing of this report at around 10 pm, even as the wildlife department had laid a trap to catch the beast at around 5:30 pm.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 03, 2014 09:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Raipur Rani Block,Rakesh Sharma,Government Medical College and Hospital

It was a terror-filled Tuesday afternoon for residents of Badauna village in Raipur Rani block, 35 km from the city, after a panther entered the village, injuring four people.

The beast had not been caught till the filing of this report at around 10 pm, even as the wildlife department had laid a trap to catch the beast at around 5:30 pm.

With the wildlife inspector for Raipur Rani range, inspector Rakesh Sharma, on leave, another inspector, who had gone to Kurukshetra court, had to be moved to the spot, giving the animal time to create mayhem and injure the villagers, although reports suggested that panicky villagers did pelt stones at the animal, when it had hid in the fields.

The injured were taken to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, and are reported to be out of danger.

“We have laid a trap with two cages and a goat has been tied. We are equipped with tranquiliser guns and nets. More than 50 police personnel have been deputed. The sarpanch has been asked to inform the villagers not to enter the river bed,” said inspector Jaiveer, wild life department, Haryana.

Spotted around a tubewell first

Badauna village resident Haripal was the first to spot the panther, when it entered the area around his tubewell around noon. He fled from the spot and informed villagers and the wildlife department was seized of the matter.

At first, the response seemed inadequate with two wildlife department officials reporting to the spot, but without any cage or tranquilisers. The beast was eventually thought to have hidden itself in a sunflower field.

With villagers hurling stones at the beast, four residents Randhir, Sanjay, Deepak and Subhash were injured in the head, stomach and arm.

Late response raises questions

Inspector Jaiveer had gone to a Kurukshetra court for a hearing and was rushed to the spot as the local wildlife inspector Rakesh Sharma was on leave. District wildlife officer Surinder Singh Rathi was also out of station. By the time, Jaiveer reached the spot, the panther had injured the four farmers. He called for cages, net and tranquilisers. By 4 pm, KC Meena, conservator of forests, Wildlife, also reached the spot.

By around 5:30 pm only, the trap could be laid.

Dr Amarinder Kaur, additional principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) also visited the spot around 6 pm.

“We tried our best and applied our resources in a timely manner. The villagers should have watched the beast from a height rather than throwing stones. Now, we will remain watchful through the night.”

“We are on guard, since we got the information about the panther. Elaborate security arrangements have been made to keep the crowd under control,” said Raipur Rani SHO inspector Deepak Kumar.

First Published: Dec 02, 2014 23:26 IST