Bear kills one and injures three in Harwan

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Srinagar, Sep 5: One person was killed and three others were injured in a bear attack at Harwan, about 25 km from here, official sources said on Friday, Sep 5.

Meanwhile, H H Tyabji, advisor to Governor N N Vohra has assured a deputation from Harwan, that immediate measures would be taken to prevent such attacks in future. Sources said a wild bear attacked and injured four people, including a labourer from Bihar. The injured were hospitalised, where one, Abdul Aziz Sheikh later died.

The bear escaped into nearby Dachgam park. Last week two more people were injured in a similar attack in another neighbouring village.

On August 30 a wild bear attacked and injured three people in south Kashmir district of Anantnag while two days earlier one person was killed by a leopard at village Manzgam Noorabad.

A deputation led by State Vice President National Panthers Party, called on Mr Tyabji and apprised him about the frequent incidents of attack by wild animals in the Harwan area.

The Advisor assured that all the necessary steps would be taken to eliminate the chances of attacks by wild animals.

He said Wildlife Protection Force would be asked to ensure the safety of the people.

The man-animal conflict has claimed the lives of 75 people, including women and children, while 330 people were injured in the beast attacks in Jammu and Kashmir during the past two years.

However, about a dozen wild animals were also killed by the people in retaliation in the state. People reject the protests various NGOs, alleging that these animals have killed and wounded many women and children in the state.

The state has formulated a comprehensive management plan for containing such incidents. The plan includes involving infrastructural strengthening, awareness campaign and better communication.

The plan has been submitted to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and State Planning Department for approval of financial assistance.

UNI

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