At least five people were left wounded after a leopard walked into a courthouse in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi.
The area is located close to a big forest known for its leopards.
An officer in the local police station told AFP that “the leopard jumped around in the court complex in panic and five to six people were injured. Efforts are on to capture it.”
Footage of the incident has been circulating on social media. The video shows several men injured by the leopard, including a man who was carried away from the courthouse.
In an effort to capture the leopard, police in body armour waved flaming sticks and laid out nets inside the courthouse.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, at least 12 000 leopards live in India. They have been classified as a vulnerable species.
In India, leopards often stray into areas where humans live due to their natural habitat shrinking every year. This causes a high number of deaths. It’s believed that one leopard is killed per day by locals who try to protect their loved ones and property.
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