Leopard attacks many at a school in India
On a day when its students were enjoying their weekly holiday, a school near Whitefield was the centre stage for a tense encounter between Forest officials and a leopard. During the nearly 10-hour-long drama, two people were injured before the leopard was tranquilised on the school premises.
Around 4 a.m., the security at Vibgyor High in Marathahalli suspected that a leopard had broken into the school premises. CCTV camera footage showing the big cat skulking through the corridors of the school and even entering the kitchen, confirmed their fear. Forest Department staff were called in, and two teams were formed to scour the school.
The tense drama took a violent turn when Forest officials shot the leopard with tranquiliser darts. But before the tranquiliser could kick in, the trapped feline, perhaps scared by the presence of the men surrounding it, went on an attacking spree.
In panic, it started to charge at Forest officials inside the school. One of the people attacked was wildlife conservationist Sanjay Gubbi, who had been called to the scene by Forest Department officials. He tried to escape by scaling a wall but was dragged down by the leopard, which then bit him in the arm even as he tried to fend off its attacks. In the melee, a driver was also among the injured.
Eventually, the drugged leopard made its way to a changing room and collapsed there. After an hour of waiting, and confirming that the leopard was in fact asleep, it was covered with a net and taken out of the school.
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