Six injured in leopard attack in Mumbai

In a shocking incident, six persons were injured in a leopard attack in Mulund, eastern suburbs of Mumbai on Saturday.

This is the biggest incident of leopard attack in Mumbai.
The leopard was tranquillized and trapped after nearly three hours of efforts by specialized teams of the Maharashtra forest department.
The attacks were reported from the dense Nanipada area of Mulund on the fringes of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which is sandwiched between the eastern and western suburbs of Mumbai - and is the biggest national park in the world to be located within metropolitan limits.
"The leopard was caught by efforts of forest department and police. People here are relieved now," Mumbai North-East constituency MP Dr Kirit Somaiya said.
As soon the incident occurred between 6 to 7 am, Dr Somaiya rushed to the spot and spoke to the injured people and tweeted about locals spotting "two tigers".
Officials of the Mumbai Police, SGNP and Thane forest range rushed to the spot. Later leopard was tranquilized and caught.
Earlier in the day, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone VII) Akhilesh Singh rushed to the spot and cordoned off area but people crowded the place with cellphones to capture the glimpse of the leopard.
The SGNP has close to 40 leopard according to the latest survey, which according to Anwar Ahmed, the Chief Conservator of Forests, is highest in the world.
It is to be mentioned here that a few years ago, an initiative was launched by Dr Vidya Athreya, who launched initiatives like Mumbaikars for SGNP and carried out a sensitization programme for people living in the periphery of the SGNP.
Mumbai's area is 603 sq kms while that of the MMR is 4,355 sq kms - and a national park of 103 sq kms is something unique. Over the last two decades there has been incidents of leopard attacks and spottings in Borivli, Malad, Goregaon, Aarey Colony, Powai, Filmcity, Mulund, Thane among other places.
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