Rajkot: A leopard was beaten to death by villagers in Gujarat's Botad district, prompting the forest department to order an inquiry into it.
The incident was even filmed and the video of people from Rajmol village in Botad beating the male leopard was widely circulated through regional TV channels on Saturday following which the forest department registered an offence under the Wildlife Protection Act. No arrest has been made so far.
In the video, about 7-8 persons were seen attacking the feline with sharp objects and sticks.
"The incident happened on 1 July, when the animal in search for prey may have entered in the village and killed a cow following which the cowherd raised an alarm, prompting the villagers to surround the animal and beat it with sticks and stones till it died," Deputy Chief Conservator of Forest (Botad), AE Samuel said.
The forest officials are in possession of the video in which the entire incident has been captured. The leopard, an adult male, had not attacked any humans.
An inquiry has been ordered against the villagers who attacked the leopard and killed it, the official added.