IMPHAL, Dec 5 (Newmai): Even after three days of investigation into the mysterious killings of domestic animals in Manipur by unknown predators the experts from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) based in Dehradun, are yet to identify the predators.
Since October this year 140 domestic animals including cattle, pigs, ducks, goats and chicken have been killed by the unknown predators, according to a report. The report added that nearly 40 incidents have been reported from the districts of Churachandpur, Imphal West, Imphal East, Kakching and Kangpokpokpi. The latest of such incidents were reported as recent as on Tuesday from Thangmeiband area of Imphal West district where two rabbits and five fowl were found killed.
Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Anurag Vajpayee said that they will take some more days to identify the predators.
Meanwhile, panic continues to grip the people. Social media has even fueled the intensity of rumours with wild stories doing the round in the past few weeks.
Scientists who came from Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun have installed cameras in various areas. So far they are yet to come up with their concrete stories.
The incident of severely mutilated animal body parts found at different localities of Churachandpur district was first reported in the month of October.
Few days ago, the Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Government of Manipur, had instructed the people livestock should be properly caged. It had also asked the people to inform the Forest department when such attacks on livestock occur. It also appealed the people not to panic.
On December 1, a woman was admitted to a hospital after an unknown creature reportedly attacked her. Reports said that one Rojina, 23 years old from Khurai Heikrumakhong in Imphal East district was attacked by the unknown creature while she was going to toilet. The creature reportedly attacked her. She was treated at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal. There was a scratch mark in one of her arm, according to the reports.