Maruti Suzuki Manesar plant resumes production but the Leopard scare continues

While the first shift of workers was let off for the day, Maruti has now confirmed that production has been resumed.

A big cat was captured on CCTV at 3 am wandering about inside Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant. Thankfully, since the hours were odd there were no workers present within so any unfortunate incident didn’t occur. However, there were plant’s security guards and transport department staff who alerted the authorities of the matter. While the first shift of workers was let off for the day, Maruti has now confirmed that production has been resumed. The Leopard, which had brought all proceedings at the plant to a standstill, was spotted at the factory’s engine department. Recent pug marks and CCTV footage has revealed its whereabouts. The latest update from the site is that Forest Department officials have brought in goats in cages to lure in the leopard.

The search operation for the leopard has been ongoing for nearly 12 hours with forest department officials armed with tranquilizer guns trying to locate the animal on the 400-acre campus. 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. However, the plan did not work. Later, the Forest Department brought goats to the plant in hope that the big cat will be lured towards them. Police officials have been deployed outside the premises to ensure the crowd outside maintains a safe distance and the Forest Department officials are able to carry out their operation without hindrances.

“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 as the nearby Aravalli hills are home to quite a few Leopards. Rapid urbanisation has often forced themselves in close quarters with humans when they come looking for food at the outskirts of human habitation.

(Images: The Indian Express and ANI)

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