JORHAT: Within only a week, three leopards lost their lives in Dergaon area with the third one having been found dead in Karunating tea garden on April 14 last. The other two leopards had earlier lost their lives at the hands of the villagers of Bahikhowa and Khakandguri on April 7 and April 9 respectively.

The most unfortunate parts of the incidents were that the insensible villagers did not rest only on killing the animals but also chopped off their body parts and took away their flesh. It is noteworthy that during the last five years, 21 leopards lost their lives at the hands of people in Upper Assam.