Thursday, December 10, 2009

Bandh in Gujarat town in protest against lion's death

Bandh in Gujarat town in protest against lion's death
Press Trust of India

Sasan town in Junagadh district, famous for Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, today observed a half-day bandh to protest against the forest deparment's alleged failure to save a lion which died after falling down from a bridge.

Normal life in the entire town was paralysed as auto rickshaw and ferry service operators also extended their support to the bandh which was called by local residents.

They also submitted a memorandum to the forest department demanding strict action against the responsible forest officials for their alleged carelessness which caused the lion's death, sources said.

An eight-year-lion died yesterday after falling from a 15-meter bridge on Hiran river.

The villagers also demanded that the lion show being organised by the forest department for tourists be cancelled to save lions.

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