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Leopard injures seven people, Meerut locks itself in

A notice outside the Meerut Cantonment Hospital. Ravi kanojia A notice outside the Meerut Cantonment Hospital. Ravi kanojia
Written by Aniruddha Ghosal , Amit Sharma | Meerut | Posted: February 25, 2014 1:53 am | Updated: February 25, 2014 8:02 am

as photographers gathered at the window and tried to scare it. “It leapt through a glass wall, shattering it, and landed head first on a concrete wall. The total distance of the jump was almost 15 feet, and the impact was such that it created a small hole in the wall,” said Sharma. The leopard then scaled an eight-foot boundary wall and disappeared.

It had injured seven people by then, including Sadar police station house officer Gajendra Pal, who had to get seven stitches on the shoulder.

The animal was next seen on the CCTV footage of a mall nearby. “It was looking for a place to hide and didn’t seem to be injured too badly,” said the forest department officer.

“We are attempting to figure out its possible movement. But since we don’t know where it came from, we have no idea where it could be going,” said Sharma. The forest department has marked out two possible routes that the leopard may have taken.
Meanwhile, District Magistrate Pankaj Yadav said schools and colleges would open on Tuesday. “I have asked parents to tell their wards to inform the police about any leopard movement,” said Yadav.

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