A man-eating leopard lifted a six-year-old girl from the courtyard of her house in Bhagyani village in Pauri district on Wednesday evening and killed her.

The leopard pounced on the girl, who was playing, and dragged her into the forests in the evening. The half-eaten body of the girl was recovered from nearby forests on Thursday morning, villagers said, adding that the cat might be the same that had attacked another girl in the area a few days ago. They urged the Forest Department to immediately order killing of the leopard. “It has been decided to place two cages in the area and a compensation of Rs.3 lakh will be paid to the victim’s next of kin,” said Divisional Forest Officer Nishant Verma.

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