Leopard enters house in Digdoh, caged

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Apr 2018 10:23:06


Special Correspondent & Hingna Correspondent,

The beast was tranquilised during the 6-hour long rescue operation and later shifted to Gorewada Rescue Centre

Sensation prevailed in Police Nagar Colony in the vicinity of Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Digdoh (Devi) in Hingna Forest Range on Sunday morning, when a leopard entered the house of Parag Bawaskar and took shelter in the bathroom.

The news spread like jungle fire and hundreds of people assembled at the spot, making it difficult for forest team to conduct the rescue operation. MIDC police, under the leadership of PI Sunil Mahadik, controlled the mob and helped forestmen continue the rescue operation. The operation continued for six hours and the beast was caged after tranquilising it. The dart was fired by Amol Gawner from Amravati Rescue Team.

It is reported that a 3/4 years old leopard from the nearby zudpi jungle entered in the premises of Manish Randhai in Police Nagar around 10 am. On noticing the leopard, the family members shouted. The frightened beast jumped the wall and entered in the house of one Bawaskar. Women members were busy in their morning chores and could not notice the beast entering the house. The beast took shelter in the bathroom on the backside of the house.

When Randhai alerted Bawaskar family about the carnivore entering their house, the terrified members searched for it and found hiding in the bathroom. Bawaskar stealthily reached to the bathroom door and closed it.

Meanwhile, people informed MIDC Hingna police and then to A S Ninawe, Range Forest Officer, Hingna. The police managed the mob while forestmen reached their with rescue teams form Nagpur and Amravati with tranquiliser and darts. G Mallikarjuna, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Nagpur, Dr V M Dhoot from Gorewada Rescue Centre, Dr Gautam Bhojne, R B Nimbekar, RFO (Rescue), Seminary Hills, Kundan Hate, Honorary Wildlife Warden and others also rushed to the spot.

Ninawe told ‘The Hitavada’ that the forestmen started rescue operation at 11.30 am and that continued till 5.30 pm. Forestmen took the decision keeping in mind the limited space available in the house to shoot the dart and then systematically removed glasspanes fitted on the bathroom window without antagonising the animal. Then, they fired four darts but in vain. Amol Gawner from Amravati fired the fifth dart that hit the target. The unconscious wild animal was caged and shifted to Gorewada Rescue Centre.

Meanwhile, MLA Sagar Meghe also reached the spot around 12 noon, pacified the crowd and cooperated with the rescue teams. Ambadas Uikey, ZP member accompanied him.
Forestmen including Bhamkar, Rathod, Sonule, Dharbarde, Sonwane, Shrirame, Giradkar, Vaidya, Gohne, Prakash Sahare and others took active part in the successful rescue operation.