The big cat pounced on Mehul, the son of farm labourer Prabhu Damor, as soon as he stepped out of his hut this morning, he said.
"Based on the account of the child's mother and the pug marks found in the area, we can say that the child was attacked by a leopard. He was dragged by the big cat. We have not been able to locate his body even twelve hours after the incident," said Kukavav Range Forest Officer (RFO) M A Gamara.
Mehul's parents, who hail from Rajasthan, work as farm labourers.
"At the time of the incident, Mehul's mother was cooking inside," he said. A team has been looking for the child and the feline, but is not able to trace them even after 12 hours.
"We have also asked for a dog squad," he added.
(With inputs from agencies.)