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Pilgrimage turns horrible as Hry pilgrim killed by leopard
A pilgrim from Haryana was suspected to have been mauled to death by a leopard near Nepali Farm while he was returning after paying obeisance at Neelkanth Mahadev temple in Rishikesh on Sunday evening. The half-eaten body of the pilgrim was found by the forest department team from near Motichur on Monday morning. After autopsy, the body was handed over to the family members of the deceased by the police.
Police informed that some pilgrims on their way back from the temple had made a stopover near Nepali Farm on Sunday evening. Among them was 56- year- old Tek Chand from Palwal district of Haryana. He was suspected to have been dragged by a leopard deep into the forest as he had strayed into forest area of Rajaji National Park near Suswa stream to ease himself. As he had not returned the worried family members had reported the matter to police. Police had subsequently launched a search immediately. However, the missing person could not be traced despite the search having continued into the night. The mostly devoured body of Tek Chand was found near Motichur, about 200 metres inside the forest, on Monday morning.
Speaking of the matter, field director of Rajaji National Park, Sanatan Sonkar said, “The death is unfortunate. We placed a big warning board near the place where the deceased was last found which describes the Nepali Farm area as one frequented by the wild animals. Some ignore the warning board and get into the forest to ease themselves with the consequences that they do not return alive,” he said.
He said that such deaths are all the more unfortunate as Sulabh toilets stand in Raiwala just a few metres ahead. “We hope that the people visiting such places would take the warning boards seriously and if they do so such death would not recur,” he said.
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