Leopard injures seven, triggers panic in densely populated Mundhwa

PUNE: A five-year-old female leopard strayed into the closely populated Keshavnagar house of Mundhwa on Monday morning, injuring seven people and sending citizens in panic mode in a four-hour drama from 6.30am to 10.30am. The large cat used to be in spite of everything tranquilised and brought to the Katraj animal rescue centre.

The leopard, while looking to hide, made unexpected assaults on people at Bhoi vasti, a gated housing society, Vertical Orina, and an under-construction building within the house.

It first attacked a 75-year-old girl, Samindra Taru, at Bhoi vasti, before injuring two labourers and the protection guard of the under-construction building. Later, when attempts had been being made to nab it, the leopard attacked a wooded area guard, a policeman and an employee of the rescue centre.


Forest officers suspect that the leopard will have come from the sugarcane fields in Shirur or Daund in search of prey or to flee the heat within the jungle.

Senior inspector Anil Patrudkar of the Mundhwa police station said his group rushed to Vertical Orina after receiving information about the leopard assault. “We cordoned off the housing society and controlled the gang of over 1,000 citizens which had gathered there. We assisted the fireplace brigade and wooded area department officers in trapping the animal.”


Taru, who used to be the primary to be attacked, advised IdealNews that she used to be searching for her dog while sporting a bucket of water to Bhoi vasti when the leopard darted out of a lane and pounced on her. “It hit me on the face and head. I used to be surprised for a minute however quickly mustered courage. I threw the water on the leopard and shoved the bucket in its face. The animal rushed again into the lane and hid below a bush. I used to be trembling with worry and became speechless for a while. A tooth of mine is shaking after the assault,” she said.

Forest home long past, leopards, pushed out of sugar cane fields, walk into city jungle

Bhalchandra Bhosale (62) from Bhoi vasti said he and his spouse had been status on their terrace after they heard Taru scream. “I initially thought some women had were given right into a combat but when I appeared into the lane, I noticed the full-grown leopard. I used to be shaking however known as the police keep watch over room quantity 3 times. Other citizens rushed out with iron rods and sticks. However, the animal fled from the lane and attacked a labourer and a safety guard before the police and other officers arrived,” he said.


The labourer, Sukhram Nirmal, said he used to be going to the washroom when the leopard swiped at him on the left leg and waist. “I wriggled out of its snatch but it surely stuck me once more, pushing me with full drive. It used to be about to assault a kid however security guard Vikas Bhokare hit it with a stick. This angered the leopard, which attacked Bhokare and fled into the under-construction building,” he said.

The large cat jumped from the building into Vertical Orina society. The society’s challenge head, Saurav Mantri, said, “The leopard used a bedroom window to enter the ground ground of the ‘B’ building. It took safe haven inside of a storeroom and from there jumped into the plumbing duct. When a wooded area legit flashed his torch at the animal, it rushed out of the duct and attacked him and two others. It went again to the storeroom and attacked a rescue group member. However, the opposite group individuals threw a web on the animal and captured it. A veterinary doctor tranquilised the leopard.”


Yogesh Jaisingpur, who lives in Vertical Orina, said, “Commotion prevailed in our society for almost 3 hours. I heard people elevating an alarm however I may just not see the leopard. I later noticed a few men rushing an injured sufferer for remedy.”


Phuldeo Ram, who used to be on his way to work, said he noticed the leopard assault labourer Nirmal. “It attacked the man ruthlessly and roared loudly while rushing into the constructions. Most of the labourers at the website online are from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,” he said.


Range wooded area officer Vishnu Gaikwad advised TOI, “We searched for the leopard within the 14-storied building of Vertical Orina however realised it used to be within the duct. On seeing people near the duct, the cat panicked and rushed out however were given trapped in a web we had placed. A wooded area guard, a policeman and a rescue centre employee sustained minor injuries while trapping the leopard.”


Gaikwad said, “We suspect that the fully-grown leopard will have come from the sugarcane fields in Shirur or Daund by way of the Mula-Mutha river belt to hunt for wild boars or stray canines. The other explanation why for it popping out of the jungle may well be the intense warmth. The leopard did not suffer any injuries. We will release it into the wild after taking permission from our seniors.”
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