Ghaziabad, Feb 15 (IANS) A leopard which strayed out of a forest near Bahadurgarh area here was beaten to death by villagers with lathis and spears, officials said.
Forest officials said two villagers, Kiran Pal and Satender, walked over to their field Monday morning, when they were attacked by the leopard.
The agitated mob of villagers was not willing to wait for a team of forest officials to stun the leopard with a tranquilizer gun and carry it away.
District Forest Officer (DFO) Yash Pal Malik said: “The local residents hit it with a blunt object on his head, the cause of death as detected during post-mortem examination.”
“The farmers complained that the leopard destroyed the crop sown over at least 10 bigha of land. They were angered over the loss of crop and attacks by the leopard,” District Magistrate Hirdesh Kumar said.