Jaipur: A 45-year-old man, identified as Ramswaroop Meena, was killed by a panther in Kishori village situated in the buffer zone of Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar district. The mutilated body of the victim was found near a drain on Sunday. The incident infuriated the local residents. They staged a sit-in demanding installation of CCTVs in the area. They also demanded that the panther be found and caged as the wild animal has strayed into the village many times in the past. The wildlife department announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the victim.
Ramswaroop had left home to visit a religious place near his village on Saturday. He was supposed to return by the afternoon, but when he didn’t respond to the repeated phone calls from his family members they launched a search.
The family members and villagers found his bike a few kilometres from the village. The spot was in the forest area. They informed the forest department officials who also assisted in the search. The body was spotted around 2 am on Sunday.
“We found only a few parts of the body. It is suspected that a panther mauled him to death,” said an official.
The parts were bagged and brought to the village. The family members were inconsolable over the loss.
“We have announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh. We are looking into other demands of the villagers,” said the officer.