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Leopard injures five villagers in Vaniyambadi

On the prowl: A sequence of the videos of a leopard attacking a group of people near Vaniyambadi on Thursday.

On the prowl: A sequence of the videos of a leopard attacking a group of people near Vaniyambadi on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Special_Arrangements

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Forest officials have laid a trap and are searching for the animal

Five persons were injured in a leopard attack in a village near Vaniyambadi in Vellore district on Thursday. The Forest department officials have laid a trap to capture the animal.

On Wednesday night, a leopard attacked a calf belonging to Balaraman, 50, at Arangal Durgam village near Vaniyambadi. Following this, rumours about leopard spotting spread like wildfire in the locality.

On Thursday, Alamelu, 42, from Chikanamkuppam in Vaniyambadi, went to the scrub jungle to collect fodder for cattle. A leopard, hiding in the bushes, pounced on her. Hearing her cries, Bharati, 45, another villager, rushed to her help and the animal clawed him and ran into the sugarcane field.

Hearing the commotion, the other villagers surrounded the field. The leopard ran into the nearby Nagaleri lake bed and was hiding amidst the bushes and shrubs.

Stones thrown

The mob started hunting for the animal with logs and sickles. Some threw stones and set fire to the grass. In the melee, the animal emerged out and pounced on Santosh and injured him.

It attacked Kamal and Dandapani from nearby Alinjakulam village, who had pelted stones at it, and were trying to take video of the animal.

Unable to handle the situation, the locals informed the Forest department.

The officials, armed with tranquillizers, have laid traps and are still searching for the animal. The hunt went on till evening but could not be continued due to lack of illumination.

All the injured are undergoing treatment in a hospital.

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