Manipur: Attacks on live- stocks continue; Experts rule out involvement of any predator in killings

By M.Devanand Sharma

Imphal (Manipur) , Dec 05 : Fear continues to grip the valley districts and adjoining areas in Manipur as unknown “predators” continue to attack live-stocks even as official sought the assistance of the police cyber wing to curb circulation of unverified photographs and videos on various social media platforms.

Experts investigating into the mysterious slaughter of livestock in Manipur have ruled out involvement of any predator in majority of the recent incidents in Churachandpur and Kangpokpi.

They are yet to find any clue to the series of attacks and killing of livestock .

Experts from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have been camping here trying to find out the reason behind the mysterious killing of livestock.

The slaughter of livestock started from hill district of Churachandpur where the first incident was reported in Chiengkawnpang village on October 27 after a large number of chickens and ducks were found slaughtered with its mutilated carcasses left behind.

The experts are of the opinion that they might have been killed by human beings as the dead animals had no teeth marks and their bodies were opened very cleanly. They have also ruled out that any predator was involved in killing of a cow in Kangpokpi.

In valley districts, the experts from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun have laid camera traps to identify the predator.

The experts are also trying to find out if the killings are perpetrated by jackals or pet dogs or were done by leopard cats or jungle cats.

State Chief Minister, Biren Singh has appealed to the people not to panic. He said that the DFOs and Police are taking steps for the public safety. Wooden cages have been set up to trap the unidentified animal at various places, he said.


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