After a leopard was spotted on Sunday evening at the Air Force Station,Mullanpur,the forest department,along with the Air Force have started a hunt for tracking it. However,not much success has been achieved. The area residents,meanwhile,fear venturing out alone.
Two helicopters were used to search for it and a cage has been placed by the forest department to catch the beast.
Following the sighting,Kendriya Vidyalaya school,which is located inside the station,has been closed for the next few days.
Talking to the Newsline Sunil Kumar,Range forest officer,Mohali range said,On Sunday,June 23 around 7 pm,the leopard was reportedly seen at DLF Hyde Park Plots in Mullanpur. On June 24,at around 11 pm,it was again seen in the farms that run parallel to the boundary of Air Force station,Mullanpur.
Om Prakash,a resident of the area said that on Monday,when the children of the Kendriya Vidyalaya were sent back home and were told that school will be closed for next few days,people learnt about the sighting of the leopard. SK Loth,principal of the Kendriya Vidyalaya,Mullanpur,said,Our staff has not seen it. It was the Air Force personnel who told us about it. So on precautionary basis we closed the school for some days.
On Sunday,security personnel of Air Force Station called us and we in turn called the officers of the forest department. After that they undertook the search operation, said Lakhwinder Singh,SHO,Mullanpur Police.
Sukhvinder Singh,a resident of Mullanpur,said that on June 24,four vans of the Air Force came and started searching for the leopard. Around 8 pm,a siren alerting people was blown and residents of the area were told to stay in their houses, said Singh
According to one of the residents,it was also seen at Ratwara..There there are many wild pigs,it might have come for them, said Aksharpal who owns a farm near the Air Force Station.