All Eyes On 'Operation Leopard' In Odisha's Capital City

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19 February 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: Soon after the presence of a leopard in densely populated Palaspalli area came to the fore on Monday night, Forest Department tightened its belts and began an operation to capture the animal today morning.

According to reports, a team of forest department and CISF led by city DFO began the risky operation in the jungle area of old Airport road. A 10-member tranquiliser team of Nandankanan with two traps and two tranquilizing guns also entered the jungle to speed up the operation.

By lunch time, one of the teams returned having been unable to spot the tiger. The second phase of the operation is set to take place in the evening. Senior official of the Forest Department said that the leopard could have moved out of Chandaka forest and crossed over to Airfield area through NH 16.

While the old Airport road has been sealed, Bhubaneswar residents wait with bated breath for the results. Panic and fear had gripped the denizens after the CCTV footage of the leopard had come to the fore. Many also claimed that the security guards of the area had spotted the wild cat on Sunday night following which tension prevailed in the localities.

Also Read: Leopard Spotted In Densely Populated Area In Bhubaneswar, Movement Captured On CCTV Camera

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Md Jameel, ACF, City Forest Range