Panic gripped Semar area of Udaipur on Monday evening after a panther strayed from the nearby forest and entered a house near the bus stand located on the Gogunda - Sayra road.
The Panther climbed up to the first storey of the house and in a room. A few members of the family who were present in the adjacent room locked themselves in.
Arun Kumar, the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Udaipur, informed that the team from the Forest Department went into action after receiving an update from DCF Rajsamand. The locals of the area informed the police who in turn informed the officials of the Forest Department.
As per DCF Udaipur, the belonged to a priest (Pujari) of the local Bhrageshwar Temple,, Mohan Lal Nagda. Nagda was sitting in a room on the first floor and saw the panther entering the house, follwing which he raised the alarm. The wild cat, on hearing the commotion, ran up the stairs and took shelter in a room adjacent to the room where Nagda's daughters were playing.
Two locals, Hitesh Prajjapat and Sanjay Dangi climbed to the first floor from the backyard and after confirming that the animal was in the room, locked it from outside and alerted the police.
Acting upon the information the forest officials team along with Gogunda police reached on the spot. After a nerve racking exercise which continued for two hours, the team managed to tranquilize the animal, put it in a cage and after receiving oorders from senior official, transported it to a safe place in the forest a few kilometers from the residential part of the village.