The curious case of the leopard in Maharashtra's Karad taluk is only getting murkier with the blame game between the police and the Forest Department officials.
A day after the Minister for Forest Patangrao Kadam ordered inquiry into the case registered against Vikas Dhas, the police officer who shot the leopard dead on Sunday, the police came out strongly against the officials. The leopard had lurked into the busy town area around mid afternoon on Sunday. Already having injured five people, it had another person in its claws when Vikas Dhas stepped in and shot two rounds, killing the beast. According to him, “it was choosing between the life of a person or a beast.” The Forest Department on Monday field a case against Dhas under the Wildlife Protection Act.“The forest officials should have reached the spot within 15 minutes. But they reached only after half an hour to 40 minutes. Mr. Dhas, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, reached the spot within five minutes. “If they had not filed a case against our officer they would have been answerable. ” asked Murlidhar Muluk, Karad Police Inspector. On the other side, Range Forest Officer D.K. Padval denied this allegation.