One dead, 7 injured as leopard goes on rampage in Jharkhand village


A panicked leopard went on rampage in a Jharkhand village on Monday morning killing one woman and injuring seven others, forest officials said.

The attack took place in Pakur district’s Nashipur village under Maheshpur block. A team of forest officials reached the village but faced an uphill task to capture the leopard in absence of its experts and a tranquilliser.

“The leopard entered the village early in the morning and killed one Sonamoni Tudu, 65, who had gone to collect mushrooms in her farm field. Leopard bites were found on her neck and shoulder,” said Anil Kumar Singh, forest range officer, Pakur.

Singh, who is camping in the village, said the villagers with sticks and other weapons tried to capture the animal in the morning but the panicked leopard injured seven of them.

“Six people were sent to Maheshpur hospital for treatment while one Stephen Hansda,40, who is serious, was referred to PMCH, Dhanbad,” Singh said.

Forest officials gave away Rs 25,000 to Tudu’s kin for final rites and Rs 25,000 to Hansda for treatment. As per the forest department’s rule, a compensation of Rs 4 lakh is given if one dies in a man-animal conflict.

Singh said, “The village crowd is posing trouble in driving away the animal. If need arises, we will impose section 144 to keep the situation under control.”

Singh said houses in the village were scattered and there were farm fields in between the houses where the leopard was hide and seek.

“Since we neither had tranquilliser nor its expert to capture the leopard, we have sought guidelines from the divisional forest officer,” he said.

Villagers said this was the first incident of killing by leopard in the village in recent years. One such incident took place a year back at Agua hill, which is located five kilometer away from the village, a villager said.

The forest officials said the leopard might have come from the Agua hill where forest cover was degrading for past few years. The animal might have deviated from its route and entered the village.

State wildlife board member DS Srivastava said, “Santhal region has good population of leopards. With tree cover degrading in the region, now they are coming out of the forest and entering villages in search of food.”

1 dead, 14 injured after stampede in Bihar temple

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An unidentified devotee, in his sixties, died and at least 15 others fainted and were injured in a stampede at a popular temple of Lord Shiva in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district on Monday.

Thousands had gathered at Indramaneshwar Temple in Ashokdham to offer prayers on the last Monday of the holy Shravan month when the accident happened. However, the local district administration claimed there was no stampede and that the elderly man had died of ‘cardiac arrest’.

Locals and eyewitnesses countered the administration’s claim. They said it was a major stampede caused by lack of crowd management and claimed that the man suffocated during the rush of people.

Police said those who fainted were taken to the nearby medical camp but there was chaos due to the lack of a proper medical team.

“The crowd had started pouring at the temple premises from Sunday night. The queue stretched for over six kilometres. It took an average eight hours of wait for a pilgrim to get inside the temple,” said a police official.

Police had erected barricades but the swelling crowds resulted in piling up of people, some of whom even crossed over the lines.

Deputy inspector general of police (Munger range) Manu Maharaaj, who reached the spot after the incident, said that the old devotee has not been identified so far.

“No incident of stampede had been reported from the spot,” he said.

Maharaaj added that security personnel were keeping a strict vigil to regulate the heavy rush of devotees in the temple and the situation was under control.

ADG (headquarters) Jitendra Kumar said there were no injury marks on the deceased’s body, which was taken to the Sadar Hospital for a postmortem examination.

“One company of Rapid Action Force and Sashastra Seema Bal have been stationed at Patna and Bhagalpur respectively to assist the local police in maintaining law and order in case any disturbance is reported,” Kumar said.

Shiva temples across Bihar have been witnessing a surge of a crowd since morning.

15 armed jawans injured in bus accident in Jharkhand


Fifteen Jharkhand armed police personnel were injured when a bus carrying them to Deoghar from Ranchi lost control in Sikidiri valley under Rajrappa police station on Saturday morning, about 40-km from Ranchi.

Four personnel received serious injuries and were admitted to Medanta hospital in the state capital. The rest 11 jawans were admitted to Rajendra Institute of medical sciences (RIMS) where they were undergoing treatment.

The driver of the vehicle carrying lost control while taking steep turn in the valley and was about to turn turtle when it dashed against the sidewalls of the rock. The front side of the vehicle was badly damaged.

According to information, there were 52 armed jawans in the vehicle that was on its way to Deoghar. The security personnel were being transported from JAP-2 to assist the security arrangement of the month long Shravani mela to begin on July 17 in Deoghar.

The deputation of the police was made on the request of the Deoghar administration and the security personnel had left JAP-2 around 6:30 in the morning.

Bihar police arrest Maoist injured in encounter, seize arms


PATNA: Bihar police have arrested a Maoist who was injured during an anti-naxal operation in Vaishali district of the state on Monday.

The injured Maoist has been identified as Mohammad Aijaz. His associate Raja Sahni managed to flee.

The encounter between the anti-naxal team and the ultras ensued after the cops intercepted the duo. The cops found them moving suspiciously near Ram Sharan College on Jandaha-Mahnar road.

The operation was carried out on a specific intelligence input by ASP (operation). Vaishali Superintendent of Police (SP) MS Dhillon, who monitored the operation said, ” We got tip off that some persons affiliated to a Maoist outfit led by one Amarnath Sahni were reaching a spot to purchase arms and ammunition”.

Following this, an anti-naxal team was formed and rushed to the spot. “The ultras came in a bike. When intercepted, one of them fired on the police party. The team retaliated and in the encounter Mohd. Aijaz suffered bullet injuries in his leg,” Dhillon said, adding, Sahni, a resident of Dih Bicholi, however, escaped.

“Both are wanted in three murder cases and three other cases under Arms Act and ULAP act. A country-made revolver, 6 ammo and one fired cartridge along with bike have been seized from the duo, the SP further added.

None of the cops was injured in the encounter.

The captured accused, Aijaz, son of Mohammad Idrees Mian from Chandsarai has been hospitalised and is said to be out of danger. “Even after the encounter with ultras, the areas affected with Naxal activities are being sanitised for remaining associates”, Dhillon said.

In the past, two farmers were abducted and killed by CPI (Maoists) after they were returning from a nearby village Dihouchauli. The areas falling under the Jandaha and Patepur police stations in Bihar’s Vaishali district are suspected to be in the grip of ultras.

11 Killed, 25 Injured After Bus Rams Into Truck In Jharkhand


New Delhi:  11 people were killed and 25 others injured after a speeding double-decker bus rammed into a truck following a brake failure at National Highway 2 near Hazaribagh in Jharkhand.

The accident took place near Danua-Bhanua area on National Highway 2 when the bus hit the rear of the trailer truck.

“The bus was running at a speed of 120 km/h when we got to know that the breaks are not working. The bus driver tried to control the speeding bus but it rammed into a truck coming from the opposite side. The lower deck of the bus got completely damaged and the passengers were pulled out from the bus after the accident,” an injured passenger Saurabh Kumar told ANI.

Pictures of the accident released by news agency ANI show the vehicle overturned and a crowd gathered at the site where the incident took place. 

“I heard the bus driver shouting that the breaks are not working and we should save ourselves, both the conductor and bus driver tried to save the passengers but they couldn’t because there was no way to stop the speeding bus,” another injured passenger told ANI.

Few of the injured passengers are said to be in a critical condition and they have been shifted to Ranchi for further treatment. 

Senior police officer Manish Kumar said, “We have visited the accident spot with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) team earlier as well, and that spot has been declared as a ”Black Spot” because at least 150 people have died in a road accident in the last six months on the same spot. We will be visiting the accident spot again with NHAI team for further research after this incident.”

Ranchi: 6 injured in knife attack over water dispute


Amidst the prevailing water shortage in the region due to rising mercury, at least six people sustained injuries after being stabbed by a man here over a water dispute.

The injured are undergoing treatment in a local hospital here.

On Friday, while locals in Kishoreganj were lined up in front of a tanker to fill water, a man from a neighboring village was seen filling water in large barrels, leaving a lesser amount of water for residents of the region.

Speaking to ANI, Sunil Kumar Yadav, one among those who sustained bruises in the incident, said his father asked the man why he was taking so much water and explained that others, too, must get a chance to fill water.

Irked by this, the accused, Yadav said, began quarreling and hurled abuses at his father. When Yadav tried to intervene, the accused took out a knife and began stabbing him with it.

“A boy came to fill water multiple times in our area. My father asked him why he is taking so much water and if he takes all the water, where will everybody else get water from. He started arguing with my father. When I intervened, he hurled abuses and later stabbed me with a knife. He stabbed my mother and brother also when they tried to save me. We rounded him up and grabbed his knife, after which the police took him away,” Yadav said.

Recalling the incident, Yadav’s mother Sona Devi said she too was stabbed by the man when she tried to save her son.

Kishoreganj, locals say, is reeling under water shortage, as tankers are sent only once in four days. Locals claim they are forced to travel distances to fulfill their requirement, as water bodies in the region have begun to dry up due to soaring temperatures.

Acknowledging the situation, state minister CP Singh said people should learn how to use available water judiciously rather than fight over it.

“I heard of the knife attack, this is wrong. Everyone needs water, fighting is wrong. The state and local administration are working on water-related projects. We are trying to arrange water through pipelines, but some are installing motors and diverting water flow. People should learn how to judiciously use water and start water harvesting. It is taking time, but we’re working on it,” he added.