GUWAHATI, Jan 9 � In the event of a leopard straying into the heart of the city and the subsequent situation that arose leading to one casualty and three injury, the State Government has constituted a three-member committee to study into the matter of man animal conflict so that the issue can be addressed at the earliest.
Addressing media persons here on Monday, Forest and Environment Minister Rockybul Hussain informed that this committee of experts will look into the issue from a comprehensive angle. Meanwhile the leopard that invited for itself several titles including that of a man-eater from a section of over enthusiastic media and public, was released today at the Bansbari range, Manas National Park.
�What we saw in the event of the leopard straying into the concrete jungle was some baseless rumour being spread by a section of media and public that created unnecessary panic amongst the people,� said Hussain adding that more responsible behavior on the part of the media and the public will allow the government to handle situations in an efficient way.
Appealing to the public of Guwahati not to heed to rumours that more leopards will be seen in the city, Hussain quoting experts said that leopards are not man-eaters, feed on small animals only and fear the sight of man. �Some were even giving out expert comments about tranquilizing animals. Such kind of scenario obstructs the smooth execution of work,� said Hussain.