Four arrested in connection with lion''s death near Gir forest
Four persons have been arrested in connection with death of a five-year-old lion last week in Talaja taluka of the district, forest officials said here today.Sibubha Sarvaiya, Maula Baraiya, Gordhan Baraiya and Bhupat Baraiya were arrested today under the Wildlife Protection Act, they said.All four were produced today before a Talaja court which sent them to custody for two days, they added."These people had electrified the fencing around their farm to keep animals like bule bulls away. But unfortunately, the lion got electrocuted and died," District Conservator of Forest K S Randhawa told PTI.Body of the five-year-old lion was found from Talaja on April 23 near Gir forest. The forest department had suspected that lion was killed as its claws were missing.According to case details, after the lion got electrocuted, the accused instead, of informing the forest officials, threw the body away.Randhawa said that electric fencing is prohibited under the Wildlife Act as it endangers life of wild animals and punishment under this Act would range from three to seven years in prison.He said that the remand of the accused was sought to know about the claws of the lion which were missing from the body.Poaching is rare in the Gir sanctuary, however, forest department had last week arrested a man for killing two lioness from Dhari range of the forest in Amreli district after poisoning their food.Gir is the last abode of Asiatic lions and as per the census of 2010, there were more than 410 lions.