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A lion on a stroll at the Gir Sanctuary in Gujarat recently.Photo: K.R. Deepak
A lion on a stroll at the Gir Sanctuary in Gujarat recently.Photo: K.R. Deepak

Villages and towns around the Gir wildlife sanctuary located in Junagadh district including Sasan village on Thursday observed a total bandh to protest the Supreme Court ruling on translocation of some of the Asiatic lions to Madhya Pradesh.

The bandh call was given by Gir Nature Club and supported by various organisations — including trade unions, Sasan Hotel association and guide association.

A rally was taken out on Thursday and a memorandum submitted to the Sasan Mamlatdar in this regard, Sasan Hotel Association secretary Pyaru Vadsariya said.

Sasan is a village on the boundary of Gir sanctuary and is the main entry point to it.

Supreme Court verdict

The Supreme Court had on Monday allowed translocation of Asiatic lions from Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh, saying the species is under threat of extinction and needs a second home.

“We respect our judicial system but the decision on shifting of lions to Madhya Pradesh has been taken without proper scrutiny,” the memorandum said.

“Translocation of some Asiatic lions to Madhya Pradesh is improper because in the past some lions were shifted there and could not match the atmosphere there and failed to survive,” it said adding that “Gir is the only place where the atmosphere is suitable to the Asiatic lions.”

Gujarat to move court

Gujarat Finance Minister Nitin Patel had yesterday said that the state government would be exploring “all legal options” against the SC verdict.


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