A leopard wandered into an ashram in north Haridwar on Wednesday, creating panic among the saint community lodged there. A quick-thinking saint locked the big cat from outside when the animal stepped into a room, probably to escape the melee. Sources said the leopard must have scaled the boundary wall to enter the compound of Ganga Bhakti Ashram. The ashram is adjacent to Rajaji forest reserve and sources say the leopard must have strayed from there.
The incident occurred at 10.30 AM and soon, ashram residents were running all over the place, to escape the animal. However, once it was locked inside a room, crowds started gathering outside for a glimpse. Police was informed. Forest officials were also informed but a team was yet to arrive till last reports came in.
This is not the first incident of a man-animal conflict. With commercialization leading to shrinking forest cover, animals are forced out of their habitat. Last month, a leopard had strayed into a Bengaluru amusement park. In Lucknow, a leopard had scaled the wall to enter a school for differently-abled children and was rescued after hours of operation.
Early this month, a leopard had strayed into an Indore home and injured three before being captured. In UP’s Bahraich, a 14-year-old was mauled by a leopard near the Katharniaghat Wildlife Reserve.