The fully grown beast savaged several policemen and forest rangers, as well as villagers, during its rampage in a densely populated district near Siliguri in West Bengal yesterday.
The leopard was eventually tranquilised, tied up and taken to a veterinary clinic, where it later died.
A forestry department official said the animal had suffered multiple 'external injuries' as the police had used batons and knives to save their colleagues.
The drama unfolded in Prakash Nagar, home to 3,000 villagers, in north-east India.
The big cat unleashed a wave of terror after it strayed into the village from a nearby national park and became startled by the curious humans.
Perched on corrugated rooftops and walls, people watched the action with a mixture of horror and excitement.
Kanchan Banerjee, a forest ranger of the Sukna Wildlife Range, told The Hindu newspaper: 'It was spotted near a house in the morning by villagers who raised the alarm, and this startled the leopard. Read More