Leopard kills 60-yr-old in Junnar

Animal carries away body of the woman after attack; this is the third attack in this region in Pune district

A woman lost her life in a leopard attack in Junnar (Pune district) on Tuesday. Sakhubai Hile (60) is the third such victim in the Junnar-Ambegaon region and this latest attack has spread panic among the denizens of this area. The officials have intensified their operations to avoid a human-versus-animal conflict in the region, but the presence of leopards is still creating fear among people here.

According to Junnar police, “Due to rise in temperatures in summer, the villagers are sleeping in the open space near their homes. During patrolling, forest officials, who were keeping observation, found a body around 12 midnight. It is suspected that the leopard has attacked her near her home and taken her away.”

In the past, two people have already lost their lives by falling prey to leopard attacks; the animal has also attacked many people in this area. The forest department has captured around four leopards from this region of Pune district in recent operations.

Officer speak
Inspector Kailash Pingale in-charge of Junnar police station (attached to Pune rural police) said, “The Pune district collector Saurabh Rao had held a special meeting to discuss the issue with the forest department officials on Wednesday and instructed the concerned officials to look after the safety of the villagers in the region.

The forest officials are also instructed to give training to the villagers for their protection and to avoid direct conflict between leopards and humans. The district administration has also directed the concerned authorities to avoid electricity cuts in the area as it could cause danger in such a situation.”

The deputy forest conservator team of the Junnar and Ambegaon divisions had appealed to the villagers not to walk alone or sleep out in the open. They were also told to make noise with any kind of instrument while going out of their houses for their safety.

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