Bihar man's half-eaten body found in tiger reserve

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Rishikesh :

A half-eaten body of a man from Bihar has been recovered from the Motichur range of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand.

The recovery of 45-year-old Shahid's body late last night comes a fortnight after a man-eating leopard was shot dead in the same range, located in Dehradun district, raising suspicion that several man-eating leopards could be active in the area.

The body of Shahid, a resident of Bihar's Kishanganj district, has been kept in the Rishikesh mortuary, Vikas Rawat, Forest Range Officer (FRO), Motichur.

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This is the 22nd victim of leopard attacks in the range in the last three years. On July 10, a man-eating leopard had killed a person at a village in Raiwala area near the range. The next day, a female leopard walking with a limp was shot dead. Forensic tests had later confirmed that it was a man-eater.  

The FRO, however, cautioned that the recovery of Shahid's body gives rise to suspicion that there might be other man-eating leopards in the area. 

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