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HC issues notices to Guj, Centre on death of 184 lions in 2 yrs


Taking a serious note of the death of 184 lions in the Gir Sanctuary in the last two years, the Gujarat High Court today sought explanations of the Centre and the state government over the disturbing trend.

A division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi took suo motu cognisance of the news reports on the government’s disclosure to the state assembly about deaths of lions and issued notices to the state government and the Centre.

The court sought to know the reasons behind the high number of deaths and the steps being taken by the authorities concerned to prevent it.

The government had earlier told the assembly that there were four reasons behind the unnatural death of lions — road accidents, railway tracks passing through the Gir forest areas, wells with damaged or no parapets, and electric fences around agricultural lands.

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