Two men were injured in an attack reportedly by a leopard (earlier believed to be a panther) in the fields of the border village, Marhi Gorh Singh, 27km from district headquarters Tarn Taran, in Punjab on Thursday.
A farmer, Kuldeep Singh, was working in the field in the afternoon when he was confronted by the animal hiding amid the standing crop. The animal injured him in his head and neck. He was hospitalised immediately.
After being informed, police led by station house officer, Bhikhiwind, Rajbir Singh, along with officials of the forest and wildlife department, rushed to the fields with arrangements to trap the animal. The villagers also gathered there carrying sticks and some sharp-edged tools. But a two-hour search led to no success.
Then, the men brought a cage, and in the meantime the animal barged into another field and left a youth named Harpreet Singh injured. Till the filing of this report around at 8.15pm, the animal was still at large and deep panic had gripped the area.
Note: An earlier version of this report said the animal could be a panther. That information has since been updated as forest officials have said it is a leopard.