SRINAGAR: In the wake of the spurt in man versus animal conflict cases in different villages of Ramban and Udhampur, a curfew-like situation is being observed in the twin districts, with authorities maintaining a strict vigil on the movement of the wild animals.

Meanwhile, the authorities in Ramban have ordered the closure of at least 19 schools in different villages of the district on Wednesday and Thursday, The Tribune reported.

Taking to the microblogging site X, Deputy Commissioner Ramban Mussarat Islam said: “Due to ongoing bear attacks in Kumate, Rajgarh, & animal still at large, following schools shall remain 𝗖𝗟𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗗 𝗧𝗢𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗥𝗢𝗪, 𝗦𝗲𝗽 𝟮𝟬. Exercise MAXIMUM CAUTION.”

In another Social media post he informed: “In response to the safety concerns, we’ve decided to extend the 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿 1 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆.”

“Mohd Ameen from Sulli in Rajgarh and Parveena Begum in Kumate Kathyour — were injured in bear attack on Tuesday. Ameen was taken to the district hospital,” he informed.

The DC informed that a wildlife range officer, police personnel, VDGs and local residents were inspecting the habitations in deep forest areas of Kumate, Rajgarh. “The VDGs searching for bear are trained by security forces to fight terrorists. They are provided .303 and semi-automatic weapons in some cases,” he said.

In Udhampur’s Upper Banjala of Panchari block, search operation with the help of drones continued to capture a leopard that killed a four-year-old girl on September 2. Shoot at sight order has already been issued after the leopard was declared man-eater and around eight cages have been installed to trap it, Tribune reported.

Pertinently, records show 234 people were killed and 2,918 were injured by wild animals in Kashmir province between 2006 and March 2022.


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