A leopard has reportedly entered Gujarat’s Sachivalaya compound in Gandhinagar early morning today. A massive search operation has been launched to capture the leopard. The state secretariat has been shut down completely and no employees have been allowed to enter the premises until the leopard is located and rescued.
A CCTV camera shows the feline entered the government building at around 3 am. Another camera shows it pause just inside the gate and come back out again almost immediately. Cages and tranquillizers have been set up and forest officials are on the spot.
This is the third case of a wild animal that has grabbed headlines on the backdrop of the recent hunt of man-eating tigress Avni, in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district and the killing of a tigress by UP villagers off Pilbhit. On Sunday, angry villagers killed a tigress in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) area by running a tractor over it, after the animal fatally attacked a local resident.