HAZARIBAG: A man of Dugdha-Sitagarah village in Hazaribag district was seriously injured on Saturday when he tried to save a woman and her child from the clutches of a leopard which was chasing them.
Lillo Gope (55) was grazing his cattle when he saw the animal chasing the duo. On seeing this, Gope pushed the woman and her child to safety. Annoyed by this, the leopard attacked Gope who sustained injuries in the abdomen and head. But, Gope did not give up and fought with the leopard with his lathi and rained blows on the animal.
At this juncture, the scared woman rushed to the village and informed the people who rushed to the spot to rescue Gope. On seeing the villagers, the leopard left the spot and went inside the forest nearby where the victim was grazing his cattle.
Later, the villagers admitted Gope to Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital. After getting the news, both police and forest department officials recorded the statement of Gope. Hospital sources said Gope's condition was very serious and all efforts were being made to provide him the best possible treatment so that he survives.