Shimla : A leopard attacked and mauled a boy in Shimla district’s Nankhari area of Himachal Pradesh .
Villagers said after dark on Thursday they heard cries of the eleven year old boy from the edge of the village and rushed to help him .
They were able to rescue the victim from the claws of the big cat , but the seriously injured boy died on way to hospital .
It isn’t clear why the leopard attacked the boy . Villagers have demanded the shooting down of the animal .