Big cat scare in Guj Sec­re­tariat

Mail Today - - NEWS - By Gopi Ma­niar Ghang­har in Ahmedabad

GAND­HI­NA­GAR, Gu­jarat’s cap­i­tal, got a scare when a leop­ard ca­su­ally saun­tered into the state’s Sec­re­tariat dur­ing the wee hours on Mon­day.

The leop­ard was spot­ted in a CCTV footage en­ter­ing the gov­ern­ment build­ing by crawl­ing un­der its Gate no 7 be­tween 1.30 am and 2 am.

Af­ter the ini­tial panic and chaos, a search op­er­a­tion was launched. A State Re­serve Po­lice (SRP) man, Jaswantb­hai Waghela, had spot­ted the leop­ard en­ter­ing through the gate. At least 300 for­est depart­ment of­fi­cials reached the Sec­re­tariat with tran­quiliser darts and cages while all move­ment around the build­ing was re­stricted for sev­eral hours in the morn­ing.

Gu­jarat ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary (for­est) Ra­jiv Gupta told In­dia To­day TV: “The search op­er­a­tion in­side the build­ing has been com­pleted and it has now been opened to the pub­lic. Our first pri­or­ity was to sani­tise it. Four teams were de­ployed to trap the beast. The Sec­re­tariat cam­pus was di­vided into four zones and ev­ery cor­ner of the build­ing thor­oughly scanned. There is no leop­ard there.”

The leop­ard was fi­nally trapped in the Ra­jb­ha­van Nurs­ery, be­hind the Sec­re­tariat build­ing, that is bang op­po­site the res­i­dences of the Gu­jarat chief min­is­ter, and cab­i­net min­is­ters.

Wildlife and for­est ex­perts from Ju­na­gadh and Banaskan­tha were also part of the search and res­cue op­er­a­tion. Af­ter the lo­ca­tion of the leop­ard was con­firmed, the an­i­mal was tran­quilised and caged. It will be re­leased in the wild af­ter pri­mary treat­ment. In­dia To­day TV

Spot­ted in CCTV footage en­ter­ing the build­ing

The leop­ard en­tered the premises of the Gu­jarat Sec­re­tariat around 2am, caus­ing panic among peo­ple.

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