Leopard enters Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar

  • Leopard enters Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar

Leopard enters Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar

More than 500 people, including workers, guards and transporters, were inside when the leopard entered the premises.

Wildlife officials in India have caught a leopard almost 36 hours after it was first spotted in a vehicle factory.

MSIL worker's union president Kuldeep Jhangu said when the guards raised alarm on seeing the big cat, it entered the main engine assembling facility of the factory.

The leopard strayed into Maruti Suzuki factory in Manesar -Gurugram in Haryana on Thursday morning.

A leopard sparked a frenzied search by wildlife officials and the police after getting into an Indian auto factory, officials have said.

Thousands of workers, who arrived for the morning shift at around 7 am, were asked to stand outside the plant for safety reasons, a senior police officer said. "The animal did not hurt anyone", conservator of wildlife Vinod Kumar told PTI.

Reports said following the tranqilization, the big cat was taken for a medical examination and and will likely be released in the forest area later on.

Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant resumed operations on Thursday and the second shift carried out regular activities at the plant. In April this year, a leopard was spotted near the Golf Course in Gurgaon's Phase 5 area, home to several gated condominiums, offices and shopping malls. The sighting of the animal disrupted the production line and brought the operations to a standstill.

It is estimated there are between 12,000-14,000 leopards in India, which are frequently killed when they stray into villages. The officials even used firecrackers to rattle the leopard and make it venture out revealing its location, according to a report in The Indian Express.