Mysterious slaughter of livestock re-visits Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 11 | Publish Date: 7/11/2019 11:29:04 AM IST

Months after incidents of unknown predators killing livestock were reported in Manipur Ukhrul district, over 30 chickens were found slaughter on the night of July 4  at Ringkui village of the district. Around 10 more chickens were also found dead on the intervening night of July 7 and 8 at the same village.

Local reports alleged incidents of similar mass killing of livestock at different parts of the district. They said that internal organs of the slaughtered chickens were found missing.

The first of the mysterious killings of livestock was reported from Churachandpur in the last week of October last year. 

Dead ducks and chicken were found slashed and without their entrails at three places in a village 75 km from the capital Imphal, did not raise any suspicion until it happened on three consecutive nights. 

Later, it escalated to other villages of the district where goats, cattle and even dogs were killed, apart from fowl. A similar incident of mass slaughter of livestock was then reported in the valley districts at a locality in Imphal East district where over 40 ducks were found slaughtered in a farm at Kitana Panung under Irilbung police station of the district. 

Panic set in after similar cases of livestock deaths were reported from other valley districts and in some villages in Senapati and Kangpokpi districts. 

The first human, a woman in Imphal East district’s Khurai Heikrumakhong area, was attacked on December 1, 2018 by what she claimed was a flying creature. 

It spawned theories of attacks by aliens, mutants and vampire-like creatures. A couple of civets - a cat-like small, nocturnal carnivore - paid the price of social media-driven rumours, forcing state forest department to swing into action. 

To ease the panic and with the objective of identifying the predator(s) if any, state forest department called out experts from Dehradun’s Wildlife Institute of India (WII) who identified stray and domesticated dogs as the culprits. 

But the mystery of the nocturnal attacks was far from solved after the recent similar incident of slaughter of domestic animals  reported from interior village in Senapati district bordering Nagaland.

The attacked on cattle and goats that surfaced  at Chakha village in Senapati district bordering Nagaland was however,suspected to be by wild animals like tiger.

State forest department sent its officials in the village to identify the attacker(s). Officials of the department said that Chakha village is included in the survey being conducted for presence of tiger.

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