DC Ramban orders closure of around 19 schools in wake of man vs animal conflict

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Srinagar: A curfew-like scenario is being imposed in the twin districts of Ramban and Udhampur as a result of the spike in man-versus-animal conflict instances in various villages of Ramban and Udhampur, with officials keeping a careful eye on the movement of the wild animals.

According to media reports, the authorities in Ramban have ordered the closure of at least 19 schools in various villages throughout the district on Wednesday and Thursday.

Taking to the microblogging site X, Deputy Commissioner Ramban Mussarat Islam said: “Due to ongoing bear attacks in Kumate, Rajgarh, & animal still at large, following schools shall remain 𝗖𝗟𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗗 𝗧𝗢𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗥𝗢𝗪, 𝗦𝗲𝗽 𝟮𝟬. Exercise MAXIMUM CAUTION.”

He stated in another social media post: “In response to the safety concerns, we’ve decided to extend the closure of schools in the cluster for 1 more day.”

“On Tuesday, a bear attacked and injured Mohd Ameen from Sulli in Rajgarh and Parveena Begum from Kumate Kathyour. Ameen was transported to the neighbourhood hospital, he said.

A wildlife range officer, police officers, VDGs, and locals were investigating habitations in deep forest regions of Kumate, Rajgarh, according to the DC. The security forces train the bear-hunting VDGs to combat terrorists. They are offered.303 and, in some instances, semi-automatic guns,” he claimed.

Drones are being used in search operations in Upper Banjala of Panchari Block, Udhampur, to apprehend the leopard that killed a four-year-old girl on September 2. After the leopard was identified as a man-eater, a shoot-at-sight order was already issued, and about eight cages had been set up to catch it, according to Tribune.

Relevantly, figures show that in the Kashmir province between 2006 and March 2022, wild animals caused 234 fatalities and 2,918 injuries.

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