Man dies, wild animal attack suspected

A coffee plantation worker was found dead in Somwarpet on Monday. It is suspected that he died after being attacked by a wild animal.

The deceased has been identified as Timmappa, a resident of Nagaruru coffee estate. He was 67 years old and was working as a security guard at the coffee estate belonging to Santosh.

When the labourers went to the estate on Monday, they found Timmappa dead in front of his house at the estate.

The labourers and the public staged a road block, urging for compensation to be given to the family of the deceased. On the directions of the District in-charge minister M R Seetaram, the forest department officials announced a compensation of Rs five lakh and handed over a cheque of Rs 2 lakh to the deceased's family on the spot.Timmappa's body was partially disfigured as a part of his face, neck and left hand was eaten by a wild animal.

DFO Surya Sen, ACF Chinnappa, RFO Lakshmikanth and other staff conducted an inspection. The protestors said that the death occurred due to an attack by a leopard. However, the officials said there was no clue to claim that the death was due to a leopard attack and that it could be an attack by a dog. The DFO added that further investigations will be done in this regard. He said that the compensation was announced on humanitarian grounds after talks were held with the district in-charge minister and higher officials of the forest department. The remaining amount of the announced compensation will be deposited to the account of the deceased's family.

People withdrew the protests after the announcement of compensation. AITUC district President H M Somappa led the protest. Block Congress President K M Lokesh, Congress Minority Cell Vice President K A Yakoob, Taluk Panchayat member B B Satish and others were present. Circle Inspector Nanjundegowda and PSI Shivanna conducted the spot inspection.

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