Panic gripped Paprali village in Rupnagar district after a four-year-old male leopard attacked and injured two villagers on Tuesday afternoon. The leopard was caught and has been sent to Chhatbir Zoo.
After the leopard attacked Gurmail Kaur and Surinder Singh, the rest locked themselves in their houses, where they remained until officials arrived, while the animal hid itself in a pile of paddy stubble.
Officials of the wildlife department and Chhatbir zoo and Chamkaur Sahib sub-divisional magistrate Sayam Aggarwal and DSP Varinderjit Singh managed to tranquilise the animal and capture it.
Rupnagar divisional forest officer (wildlife) Dev Raj Sharma was unable to confirm if it was the same leopard that has been on the prowl at the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Rupnagar, and areas surrounding it since the past few days.
Meanwhile, Punjab Wildlife Advisory Board member Narvir Kahlon and Jagriti Sanstha Nangal director Parbhat Bhatti have demanded that the leopard should be released into the jungle instead of taking it to the zoo.