Saturday, April 20, 2013

Shifting of lions: Sasan observes bandh

Shifting of lions: Sasan observes bandh
The Economic Times

The streets of Sasan, which are generally abuzz with activity since six in the morning, wore a deserted look on Thursday. The small town had given a bandh call to protest against the translocation of Asiatic Lions from Gir Sanctuary to KunoPalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

Sarpanch of Sasan village Laxmanbhai Dokhadia said villagers decided to observe bandh to send a message across that people of the region are opposed to the idea of translocation. "Even the jeep and guide owners' associations before beginning their routine work took out a rally and handed over a memorandum to the mamlatdar and forest officials," he added.

The villagers took out the protest rally from Sasan to Talala and gave a memorandum to the mamlatdar. As the news spread in Talala that the people of Sasan had come to register their protest against the translocation, Siddi community people and local residents joined them. The residents in the memorandum urged the state government to take measures and stop translocation of lions from the area to Madhya Pradesh. The residents claimed that the lions belonged to the people of region who have conserved the lions as their own children.

Meanwhile, a rally was taken out in Rajkot by nature lovers, who too urged the government to stop the translocation of lions. They also handed over a memorandum to the collector.

A group of nature lovers from Saurashtra have also launched a poster campaign. In the campaign, the nature lovers have urged people of the state to write to chief minister Narendra Modi to stop this.

People of Laiiya village, too, gave a memorandum to the mamlatdar. Manoj Joshi said the memorandum had signatures of over hundred people, urging to shift the lions.

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