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Leopard enters ex-army officer’s house in Pinjore; nabbed

A leopard was spotted at a house in Amravati Enclave, Pinjore, at around 9am on Saturday and it took almost six hours for the wildlife department to finally relieve people of panic.

punjab Updated: Oct 10, 2015 23:43 IST
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A leopard that strayed into the house of a retired army officer at Amrawati Enclave in Panchkula.
A leopard that strayed into the house of a retired army officer at Amrawati Enclave in Panchkula.(Sant Arora/HT Photo)

A leopard was spotted at a house in Amravati Enclave, Pinjore, at around 9am on Saturday and it took almost six hours for the wildlife department to finally relieve people of panic.

Kuldeep, who works as a helper in Lt Gen BS Jaswal’s (retd) house, was the first one to spot the leopard. It was sleeping in the balcony at the back of the house near a washing machine.

Jaswal, who retired as army commander of Northern Command, said after it was spotted, they then informed Resident Welfare Association president who further informed the wildlife department and the police.

The family immediately came out of the house. Jaswal said he checked the balcony in the night around 10pm and by that time, the leopard was not there.

Soon, Kalka ACP Rajesh Kumar, station house officer of Pinjore inspector Mohinder Singh reached the spot and thereafter inspector Jaiveer of the wildlife department also reached there.

Around 1pm, Amarinder Kaur, chief wildlife warden, reached the spot and the rescue operation started. The leopard was hit with a tranquiliser gun. It then moved to neighbouring house. As it jumped and scaled walls, the crowd that was gathered outside panicked. After 45 minutes, another shot was fired.

Soon, it lost conscious and was put in a net and then in a cage. “We will release it soon in Morni,” said Jaiveer.

He informed that it was a male leopard, aged around three-and-half-years.

Why there was delay

There was delay as veterinary doctor had advised wildlife officials to allow it to take rest, claimed wildlife officials. When asked it could have attacked the crowd, Jaiveer replied, “We were ready with our tranquiliser guns since 9am. We acted as per doctor’s directions,” he said.

Man and animal encounters

December 2, 2014: A panther strayed into Badauna village and injured 4 people. It escaped into forests and couldn’t be trapped.

March 12, 2012: A panther strayed into Chandigarh air force station area.

December 29, 2011: A panther was captured alive from a house in Sector 10 after an eight-hour ordeal.

December 20, 2011: A panther was rescued from Rihod village in Barwala block. It had attacked four villagers and injured them. After it was beaten by villagers, the wildlife officials took it to Chatbir zoo.