Leopard killed in roads-accident at Madarihat

Report by: 
BABUL SARKAR
Alipurduar
12 Jan 2018

An adult leopard was run over by a speeding lorry on NH-31 near a jungle under Neelgara range of Cooch Behar forest division last night. The spot of the accident is between Birpara-Madarihat under Madarihat police station. It is anticipated that poor visibility owing to dense fog resulted in the accident claiming the leopard’s life.
Soon after the matter came to fore, a team of police from Madarihat police station rushed to spot to recover the dead leopard’s body. However, the lorry that ran over the leopard could not be traced so far.
Biman Biswas, divisional forest officer of Cooch Behar said, “The autopsy of the dead leopard was done today. A written complaint was lodged with Madarihat police station. A probe has been initiated by the forest department also.”
Wildlife activists, however, have raised voices after the leopard’s death was reported. “It’s not a rare incident. Many animals fell victim of road accidents before also. We want that the forest officials and police should act together to limit the speed of vehilcles plying along NH-31 that runs through the forests,” an activist said.