A six-year-old girl has been killed by a leopard in Uttarakhand.

The leopard pounced on the girl as she was playing and dragged her into the forest from the courtyard of her house at Bhagyani village in Pauri district on Wednesday evening.

The mutilated body was recovered from the nearby forest on Thursday morning.

Villagers said the animal might be the same that had attacked another girl in the area a few days ago. They urged the forest department to immediately order its killing.

“It has been decided to place two cages in the area,” Divisional Forest Officer Nishant Verma said.

“A compensation of Rs. 3 lakh would be paid to the next of kin.”

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