Golaghat, Jan. 12: In yet another incident of man-animal conflict, a full-grown leopard was beaten to death here today. The incident occurred at Jalan Golaghat Tea Estate, 3km from here.
The incident took place when the leopard was spotted by a chowkidar of the tea estate in section 6 of the garden. The labourers instantly raised an alarm and gathered at the spot. They then tried to chase the leopard on their own. In the process, the leopard retaliated by attacking the labourers leaving six of them injured. Of the injured, the condition of three is critical and they were admitted to Kushal Konwar civil hospital. Infuriated, the labourers killed the leopard using sharp weapons.
The forest department officials said they reached the garden at around 1pm but allegedly the garden authorities did not cooperate.
“We went equipped to catch it alive and would have been successful if the authorities cooperated. We were not even allowed to set up a cage and the big cat was killed in the presence of the garden manager. We had to take the help of the police to recover the carcass, which the labourers had allegedly planned to feast on,” said Bibhuti Deka, beat officer of the Golaghat forest range.
H.K. Dohutia, O-C, Golaghat police station, who was present at the spot, said a case has been registered against the tea garden management.