Around three hours past midnight, a security guard, doing night shift at the Manesar production plant of Maruti Suzuki, spotted a leopard lingering in the premise. The straying leopard is suspected to have entered the plant through Gate No. 2.
The security guard, recognised as Dharambir Singh, alarmed the Control Room about the canine entering the premise. The entire work was halted and the factory was vacated, which had around 350 workers, with the fear that it might attack any worker inside the premise. Moreover, even the morning shift, which starts from 6:30 AM was suspended and none of the workers were allowed to enter inside when they reached.
This halt will definitely hit the company as the Manesar plant, which makes diesel engines for the company, is a busy unit. It makes around 1,200 units in a single shift. Hence, suspending one entire shift along with abandoning half of the night shift will hit the production phase of the company.
Even the Forest and Wildlife Department was summoned and two teams from the organisation reached the spot with nets and tranquillizer to rescue the wild animal. The department conducted a search operation but was difficult to locate the leopard as there were too many machines and the animal might be hiding under any of the machines.