12 booked for luring lion with cow as bait for 'illegal show'
By Lokmat English Desk | Published: November 22, 2021 03:28 PM2021-11-22T15:28:33+5:302021-11-22T15:28:48+5:30
The Gujarat forest department booked 12 people after a viral video showed a group gathered to watch an “illegal ...
The Gujarat forest department booked 12 people after a viral video showed a group gathered to watch an “illegal show" in which a lion is seen killing and feasting on a cow tied to a pole and used as a bait at a village in Gir forest of Junagadh. A forest department official said this illegal show was organised at a village in Devaliya range of Gir forest on November 8, as per an investigation into the incident so far. Gir forest national park and wildlife sanctuary, also known as Sasan-Gir, is known as the “last abode" of Asiatic lions. “We have filed an FIR against 12 unidentified persons and three persons have been detained for questioning. The action was taken on the basis of a video which shows a group of people gathered to watch an Asiatic lion kill a cow tied to a pole.
The organiser used the cow as bait to attract the lion for the illegal lion show," said deputy conservator of forest (Junagadh), SK Berwal. In the video, the lion is seen feasting on the carcass even as the people in the group watch it from a distance. Some of them are seen recording the show on mobile phones. Further investigation is underway to arrest the main accused in the case," Berwal said. The accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, including those pertaining to hunting (Section 9), the official said. Earlier this year, a court in Gir Somnath had sentenced six people to three years in jail for harassing an Asiatic lion by organising one such show. The video showed a man luring a lioness by dangling chicken as bait.