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Rajasthan: 2 killed in panther attack, shoot-at-sight order issued

Rajasthan: 2 killed in panther attack, shoot-at-sight order issued

Alwar: Two persons were mauled to death by a panther near Sariska forest area in Alwar on Sunday following which the forest department issued a shoot-at-sight order.

Three teams are in the field to trap the panther and forest department has also released a shoot-at-sight order. The action was taken after a panther killed two persons on Sunday, Alwar collector Muktanand Agrawal told PTI.

Field Director, Sariska forest, RS Shekhatwat said after killing a 36-year-old woman, the panther attacked two more persons in Paid village.

A 50-year-old unidentified elderly man died in the attack while the other is out of danger, he said.

Shanti Devi (36) was mauled to death by a panther this morning when she was working in an agricultural field in Jaitpur Brahman village, Pratapgarh police said.

Last week, two women were killed by a panther in Raipuria village close to Sariska forest. They were identified as Shanti Bai (55) and Birdi Bai (45) respectively, officials said.

Following the attacks, two panthers were trapped from Sariska forest area and sent to Jaipur, officials said.

Lalsot MLA and the state chief of National Peoples Party, Kirori Lal Meena visited Jaitpur Brahman village to take stock of the situation and sought compensation from the district administration and forest department for the victim’s family.

Four women and a man have been mauled to death in panther attacks in the recent past.

“The incident occurred as the forest department failed to take timely action. If the panther has turned maneater then it should be investigated at the earliest. We have sought a compensation of Rs 10 lakh and a job for a family member of the deceased,” Meena said.