Panic gripped Greater Noida west over the spotting of a fishing cat even as the forest officials are still frantically searching for the wild cat.
The cat was said to have been sighted near JKG palm court in sector 16 C on Saturday morning. Ever since the residents of the society are living in fear. While many of them claimed that the cat’s movement was caught on a CCTV camera, footage of the same is yet to be found.
According to the residents, the wild animal had entered society at around 6 am. It was also said to have been seen by a few labourers near a location adjacent to Shani Mandir on late Friday night.
While sleuths from Bisrakh Police Station and forest officials have reached the spot in the hunt for the medium-sized cat, the residents are avoiding any movement in the society.
The forest officials have laid nets in and around the society to avoid any casualty but have failed to locate the cat which, according to eyewitnesses, looked like a leopard with darker fur.
Talking to CitySpidey, an official confirmed that pugmarks of cat have been recorded in the vicinity and asked residents of the nearby societies to be cautious.
While feline species of the mystery animal has yet to be confirmed, a rumour spread on Friday like a wildfire that it was a leopard sending shockwaves in the entire area.