Eight-year-old dragged, killed by ‘big cat’ in Chandrapur

Nagpur/Chandarpur: In the third suspected fatal attack by big cats in Chandrapur district this month, an eight-year-old girl from Awalgaon village of Bramhapuri tehsil was reportedly killed by a leopard or a tiger on Sunday morning.

The victim, Khushi Bandu Thakre, was taking a morning stroll along with some friends when she was attacked by the animal, around 500 meters from the village, according to Deputy Conservator of Forest Kulraj Singh.

Reports suggest that the girl had stopped to pick up her dupatta that had fallen along the way when the predator pounced upon her and dragged her into the bushes. The remaining children started shouting in panic following which the animal left the child on the spot and ran away.

While villagers claim the animal was a tiger, Singh said, “There are no tell-tale signs of whether it was a leopard or a tiger. We have taken swabs from the spot and will send them for a forensic test. Only after that, we will be able to say if it was a tiger or a leopard.”