Panther stalks Pink City: Big cat located, rescue operation underway

A panther which strayed into a residential area in Rajasthan's Jaipur district has kept police and forest department teams on their toes as they try to capture the animal. Now, the police have located the panther.

The rescue operation is underway. The panther is said to be hiding in a room on the first floor of a building, Greater kailash colony in Jyoti Nagar.

At night, search operation was conducted at SMS school, but the panther moved to the RBI office across the road and then in the adjacent Subodh College. Its movement was captured on CCTV cameras. From there, the animal is believed to have crossed Tonk Road and moved towards SMS stadium, officials said. Apart from SMS stadium and Assembly building, the Rajasthan High Court, the state Secretariat and other government offices and buildings are situated in the area.

CCTV footage shows the panther wandering into the Takhteshahi road area of the city. It was also caught on camera entering Sawai Man Singh (SMS) School in the Rambagh area of the city, reports The Free Press Journal's Sangeeta Pranvendra. SMS school students in the meantime have been given a holiday.

The predator is believed to have strayed from the Jhalana forest area which runs a panther safari. Forest officials have been searching for the panther and even made use of drones to scan the nearby areas. The search for the panther was stopped after it became dark and will resume in the morning.

(With inputs from Sangeeta Pranvendra and PTI)