Search underway for leopard on the loose in Indian auto factory

Search underway for leopard on the loose in Indian auto factory

Search underway for leopard on the loose in Indian auto factory

Soon, the team with no further delay rushed to plant and tranquillised the big cat at 2.06 pm. However, the engine assembly unit which is located inside the Manesar plant continues to remain shut as the leopard scare continues.

The officers monitoring the CCTV cameras spotted the leopard at 1.45 pm on Friday. The police are conducting searches for the leopard which is still hidden inside the plant.

"Operations have resumed in the engine department", president of workers' union of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) Kuldeep Jhangu told PTI.

Operations at one of the three factories of India's largest carmaker came to a halt on Thursday morning when a leopard entered its premises and chose to stay put.

Thousands of employees had arrived for the morning shift around 7 a.m. but were asked to wait outside the plant.

The forest official said that before being released in the wild, the leopard would be thoroughly examined by vets.

Some people also attempted throwing firecrackers in a bid to remove the big cat, wildlife conservator Vinod Kumar informed the Press Trust of India. The search for the leopard is still on after nearly eighteen hours.

"Seven-eight teams of the wildlife department have cordoned off the area where leopard is hiding since 6 am". At that time, there were close to 500 employees inside the plant, out of which 350 were workers and 150 were security guards. And although the forest belt close to India's capital has been decimated, leopards haven't entirely abandoned the area.

Every year many people get killed or injured in the growing man-animal conflict across India.

Previous year a leopard injured three children after wandering into a school in Bangalore in India's south.

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