Pune: Leopard strays into Mercedes-Benz plant near Chakan, captured

PTIUpdated: Monday, March 21, 2022, 12:52 PM IST
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Panic gripped the Mercedes-Benz India plant located near Chakan town in Pune district of Maharashtra on Monday morning when a leopard was spotted roaming on the factory premises.

More than six hours later, employees and other people heaved a sigh of relief when the big cat was captured safely by Forest officials and police personnel around 11:30 AM from the plant located near Kuruli village, over 35 km away from Pune city.

"The leopard was spotted on the premises of the Mercedes-Benz plant located near Kuruli village at 5 AM on Monday. Upon receiving information, we rushed to the spot and moved the employees aside. Officials of the forest department and a rescue team were summoned," said Arvind Pawar, senior police inspector, Mhalunge police station.

The feline was captured safely using tranquilizer (dart), he added.

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