Rampaging leopard kills man
A leopard that wandered into a city in the east went on a rampage, killing one man, swiping off part of another man’s scalp and injuring three other people before authorities tranquilized the animal. Neighbors in Gauhati said the big cat attacked a 50-year-old lawyer as he talked on his cellphone on Sunday evening outside his house. He was rushed to hospital where he died. Four people were injured, including a man who had part of his scalp torn off by the animal in a dramatic episode captured by a local newspaper photographer. Gauhati wildlife official Utpal Bora says authorities plan to release the animal at a wildlife park about 200km west of the city. Conservationists say deforestation has increasingly pushed leopards into populated areas.
Burned monk’s body paraded
The body of a Tibetan monk who died after setting himself on fire was paraded through the streets in the northwestern of the country, a report said yesterday, in the latest in a series of self--immolation protests against Chinese rule. US broadcaster Radio Free Asia said hundreds of angry Tibetans forced police to hand over the remains of the 42-year-old monk, named Sopa, then carried them through the streets in Dari County in Qinghai Province. It said the monk died on Sunday morning after drinking and throwing kerosene over his body. Radio Free Asia quote a source as saying Sopa’s “body exploded in pieces” before police took it away. Two other men set themselves on fire on Friday in Sichuan Province. At least 15 monks, nuns and former monks are believed to have set themselves on fire in the past year.
Huge manhunt for killer
Thousands of police in Nanjing have begun a major manhunt for a killer believed to be a former armed police officer who has evaded arrest for at least eight years, state media reported yesterday. Two helicopters and 13,000 officers have been deployed in the search for Zeng Kaigui (曾開貴), a 42-year-old man who once served in the army’s armed police force and is adept at evading surveillance, the Global Times daily said.
The suspect shot dead a man who had just withdrawn 200,000 yuan (US$31,700) from a bank in Nanjing on Friday, the city’s police force said in a statement over the weekend. Zeng is believed to have carried out six other armed robberies in two other cities between April 2004 and June last year, killing six people, injuring two and stealing a total of 280,000 yuan.
Pilgrims mass despite threat
A human sea of Catholic pilgrims flooded the capital yesterday to join a religious march, police said, defying government warnings of a potential terror attack on the annual festival. Barefoot men and women wearing maroon shirts waved white towels and handkerchiefs as the “Black Nazarene,” a life-size icon of Jesus Christ carrying a cross, was paraded through the capital’s streets. National TV aired live footage of a huge crowd at Manila’s Rizal Park at the start of a procession that was expected to last until early evening. Police estimated between 2 million and 3 million people turned up. Many people in the country attribute miraculous powers to the icon, which a Spanish priest brought over in 1607. The huge turnout came amid a warning by President Benigno Aquino III on the eve of the festival that authorities had uncovered a plot to attack the event, potentially with a bomb triggered by a mobile phone.