The carcass of leopard of around one year was found in a nullah situated on Thadiapaoni to Banor road in Banor round under Narkhed Foret Range on Sunday.
Upon getting information, a team of forestmen reached the spot and found the bloated body of the carnivore in the nullah water after three days. Primary investigation revealed that the head of the wild animal was found lying around 100 metres away from the spot. The officers informed about the incident to Dr Bharat Singh Hada, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Nagpur.
Forestmen after conducting â€˜panchnaamaâ€™ registered an offence under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, while P D Palve, Asstt Conservator of Forest, is launching a search for the accused persons.
Later, the big cat was brought to Transit Treatment Centre, seminary Hills, where dr Kavita Sakhare and Dr Mayur Kate conducted the post-mortem. Kundan Hate, Member, State Board for Wildlife, Ajinkya Bhatkar, Hon Wildlife Warden, P D Palve, R P Bhiwgade, RFO, J R Dhongde and others were present. The body was consigned to flames in the premises.