Sunday, 24 March 2019

Sri Lankan police arrest villagers for killing leopard

COLOMBO: Police in Sri Lanka on Sunday arrested two men accused of beating a leopard to death in a sickening’ attack that was captured on film and sparked revulsion.

The pair were accused of killing the big cat on Thursday after it attacked nearly a dozen people in a village 330 kilometres north of Colombo.

Gruesome images of the leopard, a protected species in Sri Lanka, being savagely beaten were shared on social media, generating widespread disgust.

“It is sickening to see these images,” wildlife deputy minister Palitha Thewarapperuma told parliament as he promised swift action to arrest the perpetrators.

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