Families of leopard attack victims to get Rs 15 lakh relief, says CM Bommai

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BENGALURU: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said all efforts are being made to stop leopard attacks in the vicinity of Bengaluru and announced a compensation of Rs 15 lakh for families of those killed in these attacks.

The Chief Minister was speaking to the media near his residence. “Compensation will also be provided to the families of those killed in leopard attacks, as was given to the families of those killed in elephant attacks. Earlier, it used to be near the forest. Now the Forest Department has taken serious note of what is happening around Bengaluru. Efforts are being made to hunt them for the past several days and traps have also been set”, Bommai said.

Bommai said that he has instructed the department to catch the leopards alive and release them into the forest. “In Bengaluru and Mysuru zones, there are leopards around the elephant corridor. A special team has been formed to prevent leopard attacks and has been told to take specific action”, the CM added. He said that the team will conduct operations to catch leopards that have strayed from the forest.

A student was killed in a leopard attack at Kebbehundi village in T Narsipur taluk of Mysuru district on Thursday. The victim has been identified as Meghana, a final-year B Com student of the government college in T Narsipur. One more death was reported from Chamarajanagar near a few days earlier.

Leopards have been spotted in Kengeri, Kumbalagodu, Devanahalli and surrounding localities of Bengaluru. A search is under way in both cities and the authorities have requested people to remain cautious. (ANI)

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