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Mon Apr 27 20:36:20 SAST 2015

Leopard kills man, scalps another in Indian city

Sapa-AP | 09 January, 2012 09:21
Wildlife officials carry a tranquilized leopard at the Dachigam national park on the outskirts of Srinagar December 24, 2011.
Image by: DANISH ISMAIL / REUTERS

A leopard that wandered into a city in eastern India went on a rampage, killing one man, swiping off part of another man's scalp and injuring three other people before authorities tranquilized the animal.

Neighbors in Gauhati said the big cat attacked a 50-year-old lawyer as he talked on his cell hone Sunday evening outside his house. He was rushed to hospital where he died.

Four other people were injured, including a man who had part of his scalp torn off by the animal in a dramatic episode captured by a local newspaper photographer.

Gauhati wildlife official Utpal Bora says authorities plan to release the animal at a wildlife park about 200 kilometers west of the city.

Conservationists say deforestation has increasingly pushed leopards into populated areas.

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