CCTV images showed the animal prowling around the facility in the early hours of the morning and staff were immediately evacuated as police and wildlife officials were called.
The 7am shift was then cancelled, leaving more than 1,000 arriving workers locked out as rangers with tranquillisers tried to corner the leopard and catch it. The 3pm day shift following was then also cancelled.
The drawn out operation appeared farcical at times, with wildlife officials using firecrackers to try and scare the animal out of its hiding place.
They then placed live goats in cages around the factory complex to try and entice it, drawing complaints from animal rights activists on Twitter.
Friday, October 6, 2017
"The Maruti Suzuki factory in Manesar, 20 miles south of Delhi, had to halt production after security guards saw the leopard enter the premises on Thursday morning"