A leopard mauled a six-year-old boy in Nagenahalli village of Holenarasipur taluk on Wednesday evening.
The leopard attacked Darshan, and dragged him into a bush when he was on his way to the coconut field.
Tragedy struck a few minutes after he returned from Government Primary School where he was studying Class 1 in the same village.
The mutilated body of the boy was found in a bush adjacent to the coconut field on Thursday morning.
Annegowda and Jayamma the parents of the deceased were anxious when their son did not return home till 7 pm. They collapsed when one of the villagers informed them that he found the school bag and clothes with blood stains near the field when returning home from the field.
News spread like wildfire and a group of villagers with torches started looking for Darshan’s body till 9 pm. At this juncture villagers chased the leopard that was sighted a furlong away from the field.
On learning about the incident, forest officials rushed to the village with weapons, net and staff to capture the leopard. Finally they stopped the operation and decided to resume it on Thursday.
Forest officials led by district forest officer Appurao found the body in a bush near the field on Thursday and decided to kill the leopard.
Protesting the incident and demanding compensation, the victim’s parents staged a protest with his body on Thursday. Former minister and Holenarasipur MLA H D Revanna and deputy commissioner V Anbukumar visited the spot and consoled the parents promising compensation.
Two farmers Raghu and Yogish from Kalluguduganahalli and Hangarahalli villages of the same taluk respectively were seriously injured by a leopard recently.