A leopard entered Manesar's Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar on Thursday. The big cat was spotted in the factory at around 4 am. There were no workers on the factory premises when the leopard entered, but the plant's security guards and transport department staff were present.
Things at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant in Gurgaon took a turn for the wild side last night after CCTV footage caught a leopard on the prowl inside the facility. Security personnel present at the plant who caught the big cat on camera at 4 am were quick to call in authorities. Luckily, being in the middle of the night, there were no workers at the plant. Security guards and logistic staff present were quick to clear the premise in lieu of new updates.
Authorities that included cops and officials, rushed to the factory to rescue the animal. The leopard, which has brought all proceedings at the plant to a standstill, was last spotted having a browse around the factories engine room. Officials are using the CCTV set-up to track the animal's location inside the factory, although there is yet to be a concrete confirmation from authorities.
Morning shift at the factory has been scrapped and staff members have been asked not to enter the complex. Around 2,000 workers have gathered at the location outside the complex but were greeted by a shut gate.
"Police rushed to the spot as soon as we received the information. The premises were immediately evacuated and we have sealed the area. The rescue operation is on and over 100 cops have been deployed at the spot," said Ashok Bakshi, DCP (South).
This not Gurgaon's first run-ins with the big cat, the nearby Aravalli hills are home to quite a few leopards. That has often found themselves in close quarters with humans when they come looking for food on the outskirts of human habitation.
Maruti is yet to make a statement on the matter and is still in damage control mode. As of right now, the leopard is still at large in the factory as workers gather outside the gate with information on the Leopards whereabouts still unknown. We are tracking the story stay tuned for more information.