7 persons injured in leopard attack

Mubarak Ansari
Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The feline later fell into the duct of an under-construction building as it panicked when a large number of people gathered there. After two and half hours, the leopard was captured by using nets and then tranquillised. It was shifted to the Katraj Zoo at around 10 am. 

PUNE: Seven persons were injured in an attack by a leopard and another person was hurt after he fell while trying to escape to safety in Keshav Nagar, Mundhwa, on Monday. The feline later fell into the duct of an under-construction building as it panicked when a large number of people gathered there. After two and half hours, the leopard was captured by using nets and then tranquillised. It was shifted to the Katraj Zoo at around 10 am. 

Forest officials suspect that the leopard may have come from Wagholi, Avhalwadi through the Mula-Mutha river. As a precautionary measure, they are checking the area which has sugarcane fields. 

TERROR BEGINS
An elderly woman, who had gone to fetch water in the backyard of her house in Bhoivasti, was first attacked by the leopard around 7 am. Samindra Taru (75) sustained injuries on head and neck. She tried to fight the leopard with a plastic bucket and threw it on his face. She got a chance to escape. The leopard terrorised people in the 700-metre radius. 

From Bhoivasti, the leopard ran towards the nearby labour camp after scaling the wall of Renukamata Mandir. It injured Sukhram Yadav (40) on his thigh. It ran towards a girl and to save her, Vikas Bhokre struggled with the leopard. He also sustained injuries. 

From there, the leopard entered the 15-storeyed under construction building of Vertical Infra company. Meanwhile, the local residents informed the police control room.

RESCUE OPERATION
Senior Police Inspector Anil Patrudkar, in-charge of Mundhwa police station, said, “After getting information from the control room, a team led by PSI KD Walke, Beat Marshall Patmas and other staff rushed to the spot. A huge crowd had gathered near the building. After confirming that the leopard was inside, we called for reinforcement from the Fire Brigade and Forest Department.”

Range Forest Officer Vishnu Gaikwad, officer YU Jadhav, guards BS Waikar, Madhukar Telang and Katraj Zoo rescue team officer Anil Khare reached the spot. A Fire Brigade team comprising Tandel Rajram Kedari and Shafiq Sayyed also reached there.  

Gaikwad said, “The leopard (female) is about five years old and she has been kept at the Katraj Zoo.”

He further informed that this is the first time that leopard came to Keshav Nagar as earlier, a leopard has been sighted in nearby Manjari. The forests in Daung and Shirur talukas have leopard population, he added.  

The other injured persons are Aditya Bhandari (25), Avinash Abhange (28), forest guard Waikar and policeman S Vibhute.

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