Sunday, May 05, 2013

People's movement against shifting of lions gathers steam

People's movement against shifting of lions gathers steam
Times of India

Two families from Popatpara locality of Rajkot are camping at the district collectorate office for the last two days after some of their members were allegedly beaten up by people out to grab a piece of agricultural land.

A postcard campaign against the move has been launched in Amreli by members of Gir Nature Youth Club that was founded by slain RTI activist Amit Jethva.

"We have launched the campaign to voice our anger against the court's decision. We are receiving a good response from the people who are joining the campaign in large numbers. We are urging the people to write postcards addressed to the chief minister conveying that their sentiments are hurt and the state government should do its best to prevent the translocation of lions," Amit's father Bhikhabhai Jethva from Khambha village of the district said.

"While people are expressing their feelings in different words, the common message that is being sent is 'No lions for MP','' he added.

He disclosed that an angry person wrote a card saying that instead of sending lions to MP, those inefficient persons should be sent there who have failed to protect the interest of the state.

Supplementing the postcard campaign, Bhavnagar-based Rajhans Nature Club has launched a signature campaign in the city seeking that every possible step be taken to prevent the translocation of lions.

"More than 1,500 people have joined the campaign since we started it two days back,'' club's director Jalpesh Chauhan said.

He added that a memorandum with all the signatures collected during the campaign will be handed over to district collector Pravin Solanki on Thursday asking him to forward it to the chief minister Narendra Modi.

"We have given our arguments on why the lions should not be shifted to MP. The lions that were earlier confined to Gir have now settled in Mahuva, Palitana and other parts of Bhavnagar district and they are very well protected,'' Chauhan added.

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