The leopard came from nearby Aarey forest area which the state government had earlier declared that it is not a forest.
The leopard was tranquilized and taken away by the forest officials.
A leopard was rescued five hours after it entered the highly populated area of Andheri in Mumbai. The leopard was tranquilized and taken away by the forest officials.
Interestingly, the leopard came from nearby Aarey forest area which the state government had earlier declared that it is not a forest. However, according to wildlife expert and environmentalist, it is a very dense forest. The state government wants to build a metro car shed in the Aarey jungle area.
On Monday (April 1), a leopard entered the thickly populated area of Marol, near Vijay Nagar. The leopard first went to church and then to the Woodland apartment. The residents of the area were terrified. CCTV footage clearly showed how the leopard is running in the building compound.
A local resident said, “The leopard entered the building at 9 am. We immediately informed as many people as we could. We told them not to come out of the building. Initially, the leopard was hiding below one parked car, later it went to the building’s staircase and other parked cars. It was a complete panic situation.
The building which the leopard entered is barely 100 metres away from the boundary of Aarey Milk Colony. Godfrey Pimenta advocate and activist said, The leopard is found barely 3.7 km away from the boundary of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and just a few meters away from Aarey forest area. We have always objected to the rehabilitation of oustees of SGNP and slum dwellers on 109 acres plot near picnic spot at Aarey. Aarey cannot take extra population load. We need to protect and preserve our forest area and wildlife of Mumbai. It is very rich and is being destructed in the name of development.
The whole area of Andheri east Marol was cordoned off. It has several narrow lanes which cops have shut down for people. Five hours after the leopard was inside the residential building the forest officials managed to nab him. The leopard was tranquilized and will be taken to a proper forest area and left inside.