Escaped leopard caught after day-long combing operation in Bhopal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: May 10, 2016 22:16 IST
The Van Vihar national park was shut for the visitors after the leopard’s escape. (Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo)

A leopard which escaped from its enclosure in Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal was caught on Tuesday evening after a day-long search operation by the forest officials.

The leopard was tranquilized after it was seen sitting sear the bamboo bushes in the enclosure of a tiger in the national park.

“The national park officials combed the whole national park after they got the information that the leopard had escaped from its cage in the enclosure. During the combing operation, the forest officials found the pug-marks of the leopard and at around 7.30 pm finally found it sitting near the bamboo bushes of the enclosure of the tiger named Rini. The big cat was tranquilized and caught,” said Atul Srivastava, director, Van Vihar.

Earler the news that a maneater leopard had escaped from Van Vihar national park created panic and terror in the area. The national park was shut for the visitors after the leopard’s escape and forest personnel teams launched search in the nearby areas.

According to sources the 5-year-old leopard escaped from its enclosure on Monday night and the Van Vihar officials came to know about it only on Tuesday morning. The visitors coming to Van Vihar were sent back by the administration giving no reasons to them.

The people coming to visit the Boat Club and National Museum of Humankind near the Van Vihar, were taken by surprise when they came to know about the leopard on loose. A good crowd gathers at Boat Club and around mostly in the evening and during the daytime and evening on weekends.

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