Leopard keeps P’kula on edge
Police, wildlife dept capture wild cat after eight hours, release it in forest
■ PANCHKULA: High drama prevailed in Sector 10 here as police and forest department captured a leopard alive after an eight-hour ordeal.
Though the first distress call reached the Police Control Room (PCR) at about 8:15am from the owners of house number 187, the wild cat had strayed into the residential area on Wednesday night as residents had heard tapping of its feet on the roof.
On police intimation, a team of forest and wildlife department also reached the spot.
The leopard was resting in the backyard of house number 187 when it was shot with a 2-ml dose of tranquilliser by Dr ML Singla, incharge of the veterinary team. However, it jumped into the neighbouring house and kept on moving to and fro between house number 187 and 189.
Saroj Gupta, a resident of house number 188, told HT, “Our pet dog was playing in the backyard when the leopard jumped there. The pet, however, took it for just another cat. I was about 10 steps away from the leopard and called my pet inside. In the meantime, the wild cat jumped into the neighbouring house.”
Soon people started gathering in the area along the roundabout of Sector 5, 10, 11 and 4, where the houses are situated.
Dr Sameer Bharadwaj, who was part of the veterinary team, said the leopard was about 1.5 to 2 years’ old and weighed around 80 kg. “As there was too much commotion, the first shot of tranquilliser did not have an effect,” he said.
SHO, Sector 5 police station, inspector Dalip Singh, SHO, Sector 14 Police Station, inspector Aman Kumar, CIA inspector Karamvir Singh and SHO, Mansa Devi police station, subinspector Aruna reached the spot. Later, ACP (crime) Dheeraj Setia also reached there.
The police, armed with sticks,
The leopard trying to climb a wall in a house in Panchkula on Thursday.
Owners of house no. 187 call up PCR on spotting leopard
Wildlife officials reach the spot
First tranquilliser shot administered had a hard time in controlling the growing crowd. People, especially children, were witnessing the action from the upper stories of their houses.
Later, the forest department learned that the leopard had entered the garage of house number 188 and called staff from Jumbo Circus, which is on in
Second tranquilliser shot fired
The leopard captured in a cage Manimajra, for help. Four of the workers from the circus came with a net and stretched it outside the garage to stop leopard from fleeing. A volleyball net was used to plug a small opening. The police removed the security gate of the street and put it up in front of the garage.
After a window of the garage was opened, leopard jumped out of it and hit the net. However, failing to pass through net it entered the garage through the window. It came out again, but failed to make a passage through net. In the meantime, two wildlife officials armed with sticks and a tranquilliser gun administered a 2-ml tranquilliser shot to the leopard. It stated moving in circles and jumped back into the garage. Soon, it fell unconscious and a net was thrown around it.
The police and wildlife staff put it in the cage, which was covered with tarpaulin and drove away in a van. Most of the onlookers were disappointed as they failed to get a glimpse of leopard after waiting for seven to eight hours.
“The leopard was released in the Morni forest, to where it probably belonged. The moment the cage was opened, it ran away. It did not suffer any injury,” said RK Sharma, district forest officer, Panchkula. A leopard had strayed into farmhouse of deputy chief minister Chander Mohan on January 14, 2005, and got stuck in a barbed wire. It escaped after daylong drama.