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Leopard on run forces city into lockdown

A city in northern India has been put on lockdown and a "massive hunt" has begun after a large leopard was spotted wandering through homes, a cinema and a hospital.

The panic in Meerut, 60km from the capital Delhi, is now so widespread that schools have been closed indefinitely and markets remain under threat.

On Sunday the animal was briefly trapped in a locked room at the Meerut hospital, but it smashed its way free after a few hours before it could be fully tranquilised.


District magistrate Pankaj Yadav said: "We have closed schools and colleges in the town because we are unable to locate the leopard and do not want to take any chances. This is only a precautionary measure."

Forest officer Sushant Kumar said: "We are yet to locate the leopard. We have got calls from some areas but are still unable to trace its exact location."