A leopard has become infamous as he targets only inebriate men in the Didihat region in Kumaon hills. The jungle cat has sparked off terror in the region for the past two and half years as it has been involved in killing a dozen villagers.
The leopard has affected normal life in 40-50 villages in Didihat block of Pithoragarh district since 2012. The Uttarakhand Forest Department officially declared the leopard a man-eater last month and issued warrant to kill it. Despite repeated attempts the wild cat remains elusive.
Pithoragarh’s District Forest Officer Y.K. Singh says, “This month we had sent a team of shooters in the affected village, but they were unsuccessful in their mission. This is the third attempt made so far”.
Most of the villagers who were killed were in an inebriated state. The Didihat man-eater began its killing spree on January 23, 2012, claiming the life of 46-year-old Mohan from Simar village. A month later, young Manohar Singh from Sanikhet village became its second victim.
With six kills in 2012 and five last year, the man-eater has terrorised Didihat. Even this year, the leopard killed two people. The last recorded incident on August 1, 2014 when Umed Singh (44) from Badeth village lost his life.