VIGIL FOR JUNGLE KING; TROUBLE IN
Sasan: The Asiatic lion may be under threat again. Over 200 members of the Baheliya tribes, who were suspected to have killed lions in the Gir forest last year, are back. There are intelligence inputs indicating their camps in and around the forest, which have put the Junagadh district police and forest department on vigil.
An alert has been sounded in the villages around the
Officials from the forest department confirmed that with the sugarcane harvesting season already on, a large number of labourers from MP are camping in Saurashtra.
On March 3, 2007, carcasses of three lions were found in the forest. The lions were killed by poachers in the Babaria range under
The CID (crime), which was probing the incidents, had written a letter to inspector general of police (Junagadh range) Mohan Jha last year about the Baheliya community being “actively involved” in poaching of Asiatic lions in Gir sanctuary. This community, apart from working in the fields, indulges in poaching of wild animals under the garb of selling traditional medicines and toys.
Jha told TOI: “This year the police are on alert and watching the activities of the labourers.” Conservator of Forest