Nashik :- Panic gripped Savarkar Nagar area here on Friday as a leopard strayed into a residential area and injured three including a local politician and two media personnel, police said.
The leopard was later caught by Forest department personnel.
The injured were identified as local Shiv Sena corporator Santosh Gaikwad, television news channel cameramen Tabrez Shaikh and Kapil Bhaskar. They are undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital, police added.
The leopard when Gaikwad was trying to control the large number of people who had assembled to see the rescue efforts, the media personnel were trying to obtain video footage of the animal.
Forest department officials said it is possible the leopard escaped from the farms and forested patches in Chandshi area nearby.
The leopard will be released in the wild after mandated formalities in this connection are completed, a Forest department official informed.