Monday, July 24, 2017

Leopard injures three of a family

23/07/2017

Leopard injures three of a family

Outlook

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/leopard-injures-three-of-a-family/1105957

ahmedabad, Jul 23 Three members of a family were injured after a leopard attacked them at Chakrava village in Khamba taluka of Amreli district in DHARI forest division late last night, a forest department official said.

Dinesh ChauhanManga Chauhan and Ajay Chauhan, three brothers, were sleeping in their thatched house in the village when a leopard entered and attacked them, leaving them injured, deputy conservator of forests (Gir East division), T Karuppasami said.

"The leopard entered the house at around 2 am when the three brothers were sleeping and attacked them, leaving them injured," Kuruppasami said.

As they raised alarm, villagers woke up and ran after the leopard, which escaped taking advantage of the darkness, he said.

The villagers contacted forest department officials of who rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation, the DCF said, adding that traps have been laid in the area and effort is on to nab the leopard.

"Meanwhile, the injured were taken to Dhari primary health centre, and from there to Amreli hospital," he said.

The village is located near Gir Wildlife Sanctuary which is also home to lions

Gir: The charm and the challenge

22/07/2017

Gir: The charm and the challenge

United News Of  India

http://www.uniindia.com/gir-the-charm-and-the-challenge/cover-story/fullstory/937733.html

Ahmedabad: Even as the abode of Asiatic lions is still three years away from the next census, the carnivores' roar is getting louder. Many newer areas in its vicinity known as Greater Gir, which includes parts of Bhavnagar District – have witnessed increased presence.

As per the 2015 Census, Gir had 109 lions and 201 lionesses besides 213 cubs and sub-adults compared to a total 411 in 2010. In the words of the Chief Conservator of Forests (Jun gadh Wildlife Circle), the number was below 200 in the late sixties!


Though there are reports every year of lion deaths owing to varous reasons, it's heartening that the pecentage declined to 0.7 % from the earlier 4 to 5%. Wells have been a major reason for such fatalities but parapets were constructed around 19,000 such structures.


However, the enhancement in lion population has posed challenges the biggest being a spree of attacks on humans. The animals killed at least five persons and injured a large number in Amreli and Gir Somnath districts within a period of three months last year. In Amreli, the Forest Department had to trap more than a dozen beasts following three incidents in which they also consumed parts of victims' bodies.


Though the occurrences were puzzling, the official denied speculation that these resulted from dearth of natural food in the jungle.


Another problem is to protect lions from nature's fury and other dangers. In 2015, the maximum 120 deaths were reported and at least 10 perished owing to extremely heavy rain. Though numerous cubs die every year, which is not uncommon, some are also claimed by road and train mishaps.


Gir is also home to over 300 leopards, the sambar and the chowsingha. It boasts 40-plus species of reptiles and amphibians. 'Sinh Darshan' is conducted in open jeeps throughout the year barring the monsoon months.


Gir: The charm and the challenge

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Caught On Camera: Lion Cub In Gir Rescued From 80-Feet Well

11/07/2017

Caught On Camera: Lion Cub In Gir Rescued From 80-Feet Well

NDTV

http://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/caught-on-camera-lion-cub-in-gir-rescued-from-80-feet-well-1723433

A lion cub that fell into an 80-feet-deep well in Gujarat's Gir region was rescued after a six-hour-operation on Saturday. The incident took place when a two-year-old female lion cub fell into a well near Amrapur village in the Gir Somnath district late on Friday night. She was found on Saturday morning by villagers who immediately informed the wildlife department officials. A rescue team that was rushed to the village managed to pull the cub out without any major injuries.

 

According to the wildlife department officials, the cub probably wandered away from her pride and fell into the deep well on Friday night.


A video shared by ANI on Twitter also shows how a forest official was lowered into the well to help fasten a rope around the cub to pull her out.

The cub has now been shifted to a forest department centre and will be released back into the wild once she's deemed fit and healthy.



The lion cub was rescued on Saturday morning.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lioness pulled out of well in Gir Somnath after brave officials carry out amazing rescue act; watch video

10/07/2017

Lioness pulled out of well in Gir Somnath after brave officials carry out amazing rescue act; watch video

FINANCIAL EXPRESS

http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/lioness-pulled-out-of-well-in-gir-somnath-after-brave-officials-carry-out-amazing-rescue-act/756278/

Some very brave forest department officials have rescued a lioness from a well at Gir Somnath district.

 

It surely went beyond the call of duty! Some very brave forest department officials have rescued a lioness from a well at Gir Somnath district. The Gir forest of Gujarat is famous for its population of lions that attract a huge number of tourists to see them closely. However, the day brought a nightmare for one of the lionesses of the forest as it fell into a deep well, as per an ABP News report. According to the report, the lioness may have come to the town during the night and fell into the well, which was over 80-feet deep and had water at a level of up to 20-feet. In the morning, the villagers heard the sound of the animal and looked around. To their shock, they found the lioness inside the well and called the forest department. The officials reached the spot and started rescue efforts. During the rescue operation that lasted for more than two hours, they brought a cage to confine the lioness. After the cage was ready, a forest department worker went inside the well in a cage meant for this purpose and tried to tie a rope around the lioness' neck. To everyone's surprise, not least his own, the official succeeded! It helped the others to pull the animal to safety, the report added.

 

The incident was reported days after a one-of-its-kind incident in which a resident of Lunasapur village in Amreli district of Gujarat delivered a baby in the vicinity of the Gir forest of Gujarat in an ambulance after midnight. Manguben Makwana reportedly gave birth to a baby boy with the vehicle surrounded by a group of 12 lions who reportedly emerged from the adjacent forest near the remote village. During the incident, which lasted for around 20 minutes, the staff of the '108' ambulance tackled the situation with courage and helped Makwana in giving birth, while the group of lions blocked the passage of the vehicle.

 

 

 

Forest officials rescue lioness from well in Gujarat

10/07/2017

Forest officials rescue lioness from well in Gujarat

THE HINDU

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/forest-officials-rescue-lioness-from-well-in-gujarat/article19249389.ece

Gir Somnath (Gujarat) A two-year-old lioness has been rescued by forest department officials from a well in Gujarat's Amrapur village in Gir Somnath district. Reportedly, the lioness may have come to the town during night and fell into the well which was filled with water and over 80-feet deep.

In the morning the villagers heard the sound of the animal and informed the forest department. The officials reached the spot and rescued the lioness. The rescue operation lasted for more than two hours.

 

Wild Gir Lioness falls in village well, rescued

9/07/2017

Wild Gir Lioness falls in village well, rescued

Indileak

http://www.indileak.com/wild-gir-lioness-falls-in-village-well-rescued/

Rajkot: Having heard a SOS in the form of growl, the locals reacted and to their surprise located a young lioness helplessly looking upwards for rescue.

Yes, a young lioness after having strayed from the Gir forest on a village periphery in search of food, accidentally fell in a farm well of Amrapur village in Sutrapada Taluka in Gir Somnath district, early on Wednesday.

A senior forest official said that the lioness after having strayed from the confines of the reserve forest, somehow fell into the well that was at least 50-feet deep.

"It was only in the morning when the helpless lioness was spotted by the villagers after hearing some kind of moans from the feline," said the forest official.

He said that the villagers without wasting time, informed the local forest department who without promptly rushed to the village to rescue the lioness from the well.

"Only after over a two-hour-long operation, the lioness was rescued from the well," said the official.

It was immediatly shifted to the Sasan-Gir Animal Care Centre for treatment for injuries if any it may have suffered after the accidental fall.

After keeping the animal under strict observation at the animal care centre for the next couple of days, a decision would be taken regarding its release in the wild, said the forest official.

 

Lioness rescued from well in Gir-Somnath village near Rajkot

8/07/2017

Lioness rescued from well in Gir-Somnath village near Rajkot

THE TIMES OF INDIA

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/lioness-rescued-from-well-in-gir-somnath-village-near-rajkot/articleshow/59504945.cms

 

RAJKOT: A two-year-old lioness was rescued from a farm well at Amrapur village of Sutrapada Taluka in Gir Somnath district on Wednesday morning.

 

According to forest officials, the lioness might have fallen into the well, which is over 50-feet deep, at night. In the morning, villagers heard some sound and found the lioness inside the well and informed the forest department.

 

What followed was a two-hour-long operation to rescue the lioness that had gone in a state of shock. After the rescue, the lioness was sent to the Sasan-Gir Animal Care Centre for treatment for any injuries that it might have suffered due to the fall.

 

 

Forest officials said that the lioness will be kept under observation at the animal care centre for a couple of days, before it is released into the wild.






Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Gujarat: Woman gives birth surrounded by lions

1/07/2017

Gujarat: Woman gives birth surrounded by lions

OutLook India

http://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/gujarat-woman-gives-birth-surrounded-by-lions/1089465

Junagadh (Gujarat) [India], July 02 : In a bizarre incident, a pregnant woman gave birth to a child surrounded by dozens of lions in Gir forest area in an ambulance after midnight

 

The pride surrounded the ambulance carrying a pregnant woman for delivery near Lunsapur village in Jafrabad taluka of Amreli, forcing the woman to deliver the baby in the vehicle itself.

About three kilometers from the village, paramedics encountered a pride of lions on the road.

By that time the woman, who was pregnant with her fourth child, went into labour and was in great pain. Since the ambulance was surrounded by the lions, it was decided that the baby will have to be delivered in the vehicle itself.

"The staff stopped the ambulance and waited for lions to leave. But that did not happen," Amreli district head of the 108 emergency ambulance service Chetan Gadhia said.

"The staff contacted our physician over phone and gave details of delivery. The delivery took about 25 minutes, and the entire time the lions were moving around the ambulance," Gadhia added.

After waiting for some time, the driver decided to move away from that place and started driving slowly. The lions evacuated the road and soon the road was clear.

This is not the first instance where the paramedics of the 108 emergency ambulance service had encountered lions while on call.

The staff has been trained to deal with such situations as lions are frequently sighted in villages of Amreli.

 

Monday, July 03, 2017

Guj govt to HC:Got final nod for Ambardi Lion Safari on Jun-2019

28/06/2017

Guj govt to HC:Got final nod for Ambardi Lion Safari on Jun-2019

DNA

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-guj-govt-to-hcgot-final-nod-for-ambardi-lion-safari-on-jun-19-2486736

The Gujarat government today informed the high court that the Centre had on June 19 granted it final permission to start Ambardi lion safari on the eastern side of the Gir National Park.

The state was responding to a PIL challenging the government's earlier announcement that the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had on June 5 given it a final nod to start the lion safari at Ambardi park.

The government's counsel today told the division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi that it has received final permission to start the lion safari at Ambardi from the ministry concerned and produced the official document regarding the same dated June 19.

The court was hearing the PIL which had contended that only the technical committee of Central Zoo Authority has finalised a report on the state government's proposal to start the lion safari, and this cannot be construed as a final nod as the committee is not empowered for the same.

The PIL was filed by Biren Pandya, who had challenged the earlier announcement of government which had said that it had received permission on June 5.

The PIL had challenged the state government's lion safari proposal on around 400 hectare of fenced areas for tourists.

It has sought court's direction to the government to set aside the plan to convert the forest area into lion safari claiming it will damage the eco-sensitive zone.

However, today government counsel told the court that a newly-appointed technical committee of the MoEF had given a go-ahead to the project and a final order regarding this was passed on June 19 by MoEF.

The matter will be next heard on July 6.

The court had during earlier hearing asked state government and Centre to clarify their stand on the matter.

The new proposed lion safari aims to take tourist load off the existing Gir National Park.

As per the latest census carried out by the state forest department in 2015, Gujarat is home to 523 lions in Gir forest and other areas in Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Men who ‘chased’ lion sent to forest dept custody

23/06/2017

Men who 'chased' lion sent to forest dept custody

The Indian EXPRESS

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/city-others/men-who-chased-lion-sent-to-forest-dept-custody-4717856/

 

Gir forest and other protected areas spread acrosss Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts are the only natural habitat of Asiatic lions in the world. The 2015 lion census had put their population to 523.

 

THE FIVE men who were formally arrested on Wednesday evening for allegedly chasing a lion in a car in Visavadar forest range of Gir (west) division were remanded in the custody of forest department for a day by a local court in Junagadh district on Thursday.

 

The forest officers had sought the custody of Uttpal Pandya (33), Parthiv Trivedi (38), Devang Andharia (46), Brijesh Joshi (31), all Bhavnagar residents, and Leela Ranaviya (20), a farmer of nearby Badak village, for further interrogation. "We suspect involvement of a few others as well," Pradeep Singh, Deputy Conservator of Forests of Gir (west) said.

 

The five were detained on Wednesday afternoon and formally arrested in the evening. "The Bhavnagar men had met Ranaviya after they had come to Kankai in Visavadar taluka around two months ago. Seeing their interest in lions, Ranaviya had promised them to show them the big cats if he spotted the animals. On June 17, a bullock died in Ranaviya's village and he spotted some lions eating the carcass late in the night. He informed the quartet but by the time, they arrived, the lions had left the spot. Eventually, Ranaviya suggested them to go towards Kankai Kunj near the border of Gir National Park and Sanctuary. When they went there, they found two male lions walking on a road amidst hedges and started chasing the animal," Raju Vansh, range forest officer said.

 

The forest officers added that they chased the sub-adult lion for about 500 metres before the carnivore disappeared amidst bushes. "They were driving at a speed of around 40 km per hour," the RFO said.

 

On Thursday, the forest officers took the accused to Badak village for reconstruction of the entire incident. Gir forest and other protected areas spread acrosss Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts are the only natural habitat of Asiatic lions in the world. The 2015 lion census had put their population to 523. Hunting a lion can attract seven years imprisonment under The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

 

GUJARAT: THE LION WHICH WAS KNOCKED DOWN BY HORSE, GETS CAGED

22/06/2017

GUJARAT: THE LION WHICH WAS KNOCKED DOWN BY HORSE, GETS CAGED

MumbaiMirror

http://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/gujarat-the-lion-which-was-knocked-down-by-horse-gets-caged/articleshow/59272724.cms

 

Rajkot/Ahmedabad: The Asiatic lion was caged near Mityala Sanctuary, where he had sneaked into a villager's compound and preyed on a calf in Bhad village near Khambha on Tuesday night.

According to sources, the lion, which is believed to be around 8-9 years old, was ill and very weak. While feasting on the calf, the lion had gone close to a mare that had pounded it with a couple of brutal kicks, which again left the wild cat injured.

"The lion entered by jumping the compound wall that was nearly eight feet high. There were five cows and three calves tied in the compound and the lion killed all the calves," said Bhabhlu Bharwad, the house owner.

 

"However, while eating the prey, the lion walked towards the mare, which kicked it hard. The impact of the kick was so hard that the lion actually went into a shock for nearly 30 minutes," Bharwad said.

Interestingly, the lion went away into the forest area near by only to return on Wednesday night in the village. The lion sat right in the middle of the main village road but soon escaped into the wild after people raised an alarm.

In the meantime, Khambha Lion Nature Club president Bhikhu Patawala informed chief conservator of forests, Junagadh wildlife, AP Singh that the lion had taken ill since many days and had become weak. It was then decided to cage the lion. Range Forest Officer, Khambha, Rambhai More, who had rushed to the spot on Tuesday night, also confirmed that the lion was sick.

"It had become very feeble probably because it was not able to hunt," said sources.

The forest department team traced this lion near Mitiyala sanctuary and finally caged it. It was taken to Jasadhar Animal Care Centre for treatment.

The lion had jumped a nearly 8 foot long wall of Bhabhlu Bharwad's house and preyed on the calves tied there. Despite people making a hue and cry and efforts to shoo it away into the forest, the lion did not budge from its place for entire Tuesday night.

Bhad village is surrounded by Mitiyala sanctuary on one side and Dhari (east) forest on the other.

 

 

Lion that entered villager’s house near Khambha caged

22/06/2017

Lion that entered villager's house near Khambha caged

THE TIMES OF INDIA

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/lion-that-entered-villagers-house-near-khambha-caged/articleshow/59273146.cms

 

RAJKOT/AHMEDABAD: The Asiatic lion, which had sneaked into a villager's compound and preyed on a calf in Bhad village near Khambha on Tuesday night, was caged near Mityala Sanctuary on Thursday.

Sources said that the lion, which is believed to be around 8-9 years old, was ill and very weak. While feasting on the calf, the lion had gone close to a mare that had pounded it with a couple of brutal kicks, which again left the wild cat injured.

 

Interestingly, the lion went away into the forest area near by only to return on Wednesday night in the village. The lion sat right in the middle of the main village road but soon escaped into the wild after people raised an alarm.

In the meantime, 
Khambha Lion Nature Club president Bhikhu Patawalainformed chief conservator of forests, Junagadh wildlife, AP Singh that the lion had taken ill since many days and had become weak. It was then decided to cage the lion. Range Forest Officer, Khambha, Rambhai More, who had rushed to the spot on Tuesday night, also confirmed that the lion was sick.

 

"It had become very feeble probably because it was not able to hunt," said sources.

 


The forest department team traced this lion near 
Mitiyala sanctuary and finally caged it. It was taken to Jasadhar Animal Care Centre for treatment.

 

The lion had jumped a nearly 8-foot-long wall of Bhabhlu Bharwad's house and preyed on the calves tied there. Despite people making a hue and cry and efforts to shoo it away into the forest, the lion did not budge from its place for entire Tuesday night.

 


Bhad village is surrounded by Mitiyala sanctuary on one side and Dhari (east) forest on the other.

 

Five arrested for chasing lion in Junagadh, sent to one-day custody of forest department

22/06/2017

Five arrested for chasing lion in Junagadh, sent to one-day custody of forest department

The Indian EXPRESS

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/five-arrested-for-chasing-lion-in-junagadh-sent-to-one-day-custody-of-forest-department/

 

After video of the men allegedly chasing a sub-adult lion while driving in car went viral, forest department had initiated an inquiry and had found it to be genuine.

 

The five men arrested for allegedly chasing a lion while driving in a car were sent on one-day remand after forest department produced them in court in Visavadar town of Junagadh district on Thursday. Officers of Visavadar forest range in Gir (west) forest division produced the five in Visavadar on Thursday afternoon and sought their custody for further interrogation. The court granted the remand application and sent the five to forest departments' custody. "This is very serious offence and court has granted one-day remand of the accused. We suspect a few other persons were also involved in the incident and they too will be arrested in due course," Pradeep Singh, deputy conservator of forests (DCF) of Gir (west) said.

 

After video of the men allegedly chasing a sub-adult lion while driving in car went viral, forest department had initiated an inquiry and had found it to be genuine. Forest officers had identified the five men who chased the Asiatic lion in their car as Uttpal Pandya (33), Parthiv Trivedi (38), Devang Andharia (46), Brijesh Joshi (31)—all residents of Bhavnagar and Leela Ranaviya alias Lakhan Mer (20), a resident of Badak village in Visavadar taluka of Junagadh district. The five were detained on Wednesday afternoon. Forest officers had formally arrested them on Wednesday evening after booking them for hunting the Asiatic lion, an endangered species which has been classified as Schedule-I animal in The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Forest officers say that the quartet from Bhavnagar were working as medical representatives (MRs).

 

"The Bhavnagar men had come to Kankai around two months ago for darshan and had accidentally met Ranaviya, a farmer. They had asked Ranaviya if lions could be seen in that area and Mer had promised to inform them whenever he would spot the big cats. On June 17, a bullock died in Ranaviya village and he spotted lions eating them late night. He informed the quartet of Bhavnagar.

 

But by the time, they arrived, lions had left the spot. Eventually, Ranaviya suggested to go towards Kankai Kunj near the border of the Gir National Park and Sanctuary (GNPS) saying they would probably locate lions there. And they did indeed find two male lions walking the stretch of road covered with hedge on both sides and started chasing the animals," Raju Vansh, range forest officer (RFO) of Visavadar said.

 

Forest officers said that the incident took place barely a few hundred metres away from the sanctuary of the GNPS. "They chased the sub-adult lion for about 500 metres before the carnivore managed to go off the approach road and escape in bushes. The accused were driving their car at the speed of around 40-km per hour," the RFO further said.

On Thursday, forest officers took the accused to Badak village and did a reconstruction of the incident. Gir forest and other protected areas spread in Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts are the only natural habitat of Asiatic lions in the world. The 2015 lion census had put the population the top predator to 523. Hunting a lion can attract seven years imprisonment under The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

 

Wandering Gir sanctuary lion captured

22/06/2017

Wandering Gir sanctuary lion captured

Outlook

http://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/wandering-gir-sanctuary-lion-captured/1082164

According to forest officials, the old and famished big cat walked into the backyard of a house of Babubhai Bharwad in the village on the night of June 20 in search of food, where it killed three calves

Vadodara, Jun 22 A lion from Gir Sanctuary who strayed into Bhand village in Amreli district on June 20 and has been posing a threat to residents was captured alive from a forest area near the village today.

According to forest officials, the old and famished big cat walked into the backyard of a house of Babubhai Bharwad in the village on the night of June 20 in search of food, where it killed three calves.

The forest officials were alerted by villagers after the lion tried to attack a horse tied in the house backyard.

"Our first priority was to drive the lion out to the forest area so that there is no threat to villagers. We succeeded in driving it out and kept tracking its movements," said Range Forest Officer Rambhai Mor.

He said a prior permission of the chief conservator of forest (wild life) was mandatory to capture the lion alive.

Forest officials preferred setting up a trap over using a tranquiliser shot considering the old age of the lion.

The lion was sent to the Animal Welfare Care Centre located at Jasadhar in neighbouring Gir Somnath district today, Mor said.

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lion cub chased by car, four held after video goes viral

21/06/2017

Lion cub chased by car, four held after video goes viral

FINANCIAL EXPRESS

http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/lion-cub-chased-by-car-four-held-after-video-goes-viral/729898/

The Gujarat forest department today arrested four persons for allegedly chasing a lion cub in their car in Visavadar taluka of Junagadh district located close to the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

The Gujarat forest department today arrested four persons for allegedly chasing a lion cub in their car in Visavadar taluka of Junagadh district located close to the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, officials said. A video of the purported incident, which took place on June 17, has gone viral on the social media, drawing flak from animal lovers. The video, which lasts around one minute, shows the cub running frantically ahead of the car on a narrow path at night to save its life.

 

Although none of the occupants of the car could be seen in the video, one of them is heard asking the driver in Gujarati to chase the cub: "Increase speed, hit it… go fast.. shoot it.. we will not get the chance again." The cub, however, disappeared into the bushes and escaped unhurt.

 

Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF), Junagadh Wildlife Circle, A P Singh said after the incident came to light, the forest officials initiated an inquiry and nabbed the four accused from Bhavnagar today. They were held on charges of endangering the life of a lion cub, the official said.

 

"These four men, accused of chasing the cub, were held by the forest officials from Bhavnagar. We also seized their car. We will seek their remand from court to investigate their motive behind this act," Singh said. According to the official, the video was shot somewhere in Visavadar taluka of Junagadh district on June 17.

 

Visavadar is close to the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, known as the last abode of Asiatic lions. There are around 523 lions in the sanctuary. "We learned that when they said 'shoot it,' they meant shooting video of the cub on their mobile phone, not shooting the cub with a gun. We are investigating this case from all the angles," Singh said.

 

 

Four persons who chased lion cub Junagadh arrested

21/06/2017

Four persons who chased lion cub Junagadh arrested

THE TIMES OF INDIA

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/four-persons-who-chased-lion-cub-junagadh-arrested/articleshow/59256839.cms

 

AHMEDABAD: In a major breakthrough, the forest department has arrested four persons from Bhavnagar, who had harassed a lion cub by chasing it for a long distance in their car.

The video of the chase had gone viral on social media, leaving the wildlife lovers incensed.

 

They were identified as Utpal Pandya, Devang, Parthiv and Brijesh while another person Lakhan Mer, who had facilitated their illegal lion show near Visavadar in Junagadh, was identified. They were working as medical representatives in Bhavnagar.

Chief conservator of forest AP Singh said that the state cyber-crime cell was roped in neither the faces of the accused nor the car number was available. They were only heard speaking in Gujarati.

 

"We began backward tracing of the origin of the video and rounded up one youth in Bhavnagar. The man broke down during interrogation and narrated the entire episode," said Singh.

 

The four chased the lion cub till it escaped into the dark.

 

The arrested persons told the forest department that they were afraid of chasing the cub at a high speed, but Mer a resident of Javaladi (Badak) in Kankari Kunj, asked them to try and go as close as possible to the cub so that they could take a proper video.

 

The four had gone for their officials work and then Mer was their local contact who took them in the fields to show lion.

 

Ramkumar, additional principal chief conservator of forest said, "There was no lead and hence with the help of cyber officials we traced the origin of the video. The department wants to set such examples so that desist from such harassment of lions and illegal shows."

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