City Reports

Panic in JLN Marg area as residents spot panther

December 12, 2019, 6:31 pm

leopard Jhalana park

A leopard cub was rescued from Jhalana Park in Jaipur on Sunday.

Jaipur: Panic spread in JLN Marg area as a panther was spotted roaming near some residential properties on Takhteshahi Road on Thursday. The residents informed the police control room following which the cops swung into action.

The traffic on the road was stopped for a while when the information about the sighting of the wild animal was confirmed. Efforts were on to trace the panther which likely stayed into the area from the nearby Jhalana forests till the reports last came in.

Eye-witnesses told forest department teams that the panther had walked to Takhteshahi Road from Narayan Niwas. The panther was then sighted at half a dozen homes in the area, creating panic among the local residents. The forest department teams are using drone cameras to trace the animal.

“The teams are searching the area. The presence of a panther is confirmed as some CCTVs have grabbed the animal’s movement in the area,” said a senior official.

In September, Smriti Van situated on Jawahar Lal Nehru (JLN) Marg was closed temporarily for people after sighting of a leopard.

There are about 25 leopards in the Jhalana forest reserve. One of the main reasons these animals stray into the residential colonies is the lack of food and water in the forest area. The government has spent crores of rupees on Project Leopard, but the problem of the lack of food and water is yet to be resolved.

First published: December 12, 2019