Posted: Oct 25, 2009 at 0420 hrs IST
Lucknow A two-year-old female leopard was reportedly battered to death in the Kakraha range of the Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday.
The incident took place on Saturday morning when the leopard fell into a trap laid by two residents of Kabelpurwa village, Shatrughan Singh and Vinod.
According to the postmortem report of the leopard, two of its upper canine teeth were broken while its right front paw was severely injured. The cause of death was brain haemorrhage, which the leopard suffered after being hit on the head, said the report.
While Shatrughan has been arrested, Vinod is absconding.
“We learnt that the accused had laid traps for other animals earlier as well. When we questioned Shatrughan, he accepted the crime saying the trap was meant for hunting jackals, which they would eat later,” said Divisional Forest officer, Katerniaghat, R K Singh.
“After the leopard was entrapped, they used a stick to deliver several hits on the head, following which the animal died,” he said.
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