Big cat scare in Guj Secretariat
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.