Saturday, October 20, 2007

Four remanded to police custody for electrocuting lions

20-10-2007 (20.42 Hrs)

Four remanded to police custody for electrocuting lions

AMRELI: Four persons arrested in connection with the electrocution of two Asiatic lions and three cubs near the Gir sanctuary, were remanded to police custody till October 23 by a court here on Saturday.

The four arrested on Friday, in connection with the deaths of the lions and cubs in Prempara area, were presented before Judicial Magistrate I I Pathan in Dhari town.

The accused include Durlab Vadoria, who had erected a barbed wire fence around his farm and had "illegally" passed electric current through it to prevent beasts from entering his farm and damaging the crops.

The other accused are the farm owner's son Purshottam Vadoria, Balab Bharwad and Ravji Hirani.

All of them had allegedly helped Durlab hide the caracasses of the animals after they were electrocuted.

The Forest Department officials had on Friday found the carcasses buried in separate pits near Durlab's farm.

The accused are facing charges under different sections of the Wildlife Protection Act.

The electrocution incident comes a few months after eight wild cats were killed for their body parts by an inter-state gang of poachers

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