Leopard caught in Nashik's Savarkar Nagar area; Shiv Sena corporator, two TV cameramen injured
A leopard entered a crowded locality in Maharashtra's Nashik district and injured a Shiv Sena politician and two media personnel
A local politician and two media personnel were injured while rescue efforts were underway
Forest officials said the leopard could have strayed into the area from farms and forested patches
The leopard will be released into the wild after mandated formalities
Nashik: A leopard entered a crowded locality in Maharashtra's Nashik district on Friday and was caught several hours later but not before it had injured a local politician and two media personnel, police said.
The leopard strayed into Savarkar Nagar area in the early hours of the day and was finally caught by Forest department personnel at around 10:45 am, an official from Gangapur Road police station said.
"Local Shiv Sena corporator Santosh Gaikwad, television news channel cameramen Tabrez Shaikh and Kapil Bhaskar were injured by the leopard. They are undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital," he said.
While Gaikwad was trying to control the large number of people who had assembled to see the rescue efforts, the media personnel were trying to obtain video footage of the animal when it pounced on them, he added.
Forest department officials said it is possible the leopard strayed into Savarkar Nagar from the farms and forested patches in Chandshi area nearby.
The leopard will be released in the wild after mandated formalities in this connection are completed, a Forest department official informed.
The western part of Nashik district has dense forests which are home to leopards, wolves, hyenas and foxes, an official said.
"Let us prioritise the lives and health of our citizens. The situation can go out of hand in view of the spike in daily cases," Thackeray said.
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