Villagers Demand Compensation for Woman Killed by Gir Lion
A 45-year-old woman was today killed by a lion near Moruka village of Talala taluka of Junagadh district, police said. Sarojben Mohanbhai was dragged 50 feet before killed by a big cat when she had gone to field in the morning, police officials said. Moruka village is located near Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in Junagadh district.
Sarojben's body has been sent for postmortem while angry villagers demanded proper compensation to the kin of the victim. Incidents of attack by wild animals on humans and domestic animals have been on the rise in the last few years, a minister had said.
There have been 162 incidents of attack by wild animals on humans in Gir forest region in the past three years, Environment and Forest minister Mangu Patel had recently informed the state assembly. In all, 6399 incidents of attack by wild animals, 162 on humans and 6,237 on domestic animals, have been reported from villages situated in vicinity of the forest region, Patel had said. In the last census of lions conducted in 2011, the forest department had found 411 lions in and around the Gir forest.
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