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Leopard found dead at Pune’s Katraj tunnel

The forest department officials said that the leopard sustained a serious forehead injury

pune Updated: Aug 15, 2020 17:34 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
API Madhura Korane responded to a call after midnight of a leopard injury at Katraj tunnel. The leopard, however, died a short while afterwards due to a head injury.
API Madhura Korane responded to a call after midnight of a leopard injury at Katraj tunnel. The leopard, however, died a short while afterwards due to a head injury. (HT PHOTO)

A two-year-old leopard was found dead at the Katraj tunnel that sees vehicular movement, on Thursday. Some commuters found the animal trapped at the pathway and alerted the police. Bharati Vidyapeeth police and forest department officials confirmed that the animal is dead and suspect that it may have been mowed down by a speeding vehicle.

The forest department officials said that the leopard sustained a serious forehead injury. The animal was found dead at 2 am when a team of Bharati Vidyapeeth officials reached the spot and informed the forest department. A case has been lodged with the police station in connection with the incident, Bharati Vidyapeeth police said.

Assistant inspector Madhura Korane of Bharati Vidyapeeth police station, who was the first to reach the spot, said, “Control room received the call around 2 am and we rushed to the spot at the new tunnel and found the injured leopard. His face was badly bruised. We observed his slow breathing, but he died within a few minutes. We called the forest department officials who conducted a panchnama on the spot. A case will be registered against unidentified people for negligence under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972,” she said.

Inspector Vasant Kuvar, incharge, Bharati Vidyapeeth police station, said, “The leopard was two years old and was hit by a speeding vehicle. The Khed Shivapur division of forest department has been given possession of the animal and post-mortem has been conducted by them,” he said.

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