Rangiya, Assam, Mar 1: Gone are the days when human beings were known for their humanity. The villagers of a village in Kamrup district of Assam showed the height of brutality and cruelty when two leopards attacked villagers.
The leopards were spotted in the field of a villager, Bhagaban Deka, on Wednesday morning and as he raised a hue and cry, one of the leopards injured him at Madhukuchi village in Rangiya subdivision.
The villagers rushed out with sticks and sharp weapons to attack the leopards. Fearing death, the leopards, in turn attacked them and injured seven others.
Mob captured one of the leopards whereas the other somehow managed to escape.
The brutality of the villagers began here. Vengeful villagers were so cruel that they killed the leopard – unraveled the skin – cut the carcass of the big animal into pieces and took the pieces to their houses.
Forest officials were stunned when they reached the village and saw the condition of the carcass of the leopard.They immediately put the carcass into a bag and burnt it near the forest office in a hurry.
Besides Bhagban Deka, the people injured were identified as Prashanta Rajbongshi, Parama Rajbongshi, Mohidhar Deka, Dharmeswar Boro, Mukul Deka, Niranjan Deka and Mohiram Deka.
The injured were initially admitted to the Rangiya Community Health Centre but later shifted to Guwahati Medical College Hospital.
Forest department employees along with the villagers have launched a operation to capture the leopard.
The police, led by Sub-Divisional Police Officer, have rushed to the spot.
But the main question remains here that when the leopard was captured alive why the villagers did not hand him over to the forest official?
The answer perhaps lies here : inhumanity, brutality and cruelty