Leopard injures six, shot dead

July 20th, 2011 - 12:39 am ICT by IANS  

Siliguri, July 19 (IANS) A leopard was shot dead after it attacked and injured six people in a slum in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district Tuesday, an official said.

The leopard attacked a woman in Lumbu slum near Siliguri town Tuesday afternoon and then pounced upon two men, including a forest department employee, said V.K. Sood, conservator of forest (wildlife), north Bengal.

Hearing the news, forest and wildlife officers reached the spot, but the animal took refuge in a bush, as thousands of locals gathered in the area - some to see the fun, and others terrified.

In the evening, the leopard emerged again and attacked three people, including a policeman.

“The police and forest officials then fired in self-defence. The injured leopard was taken to the Sukna forest office, where it died,” said sood.

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