Three men were arrested on Thursday after a video showing motorcyclists chasing Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir Wildlife Sanctuary circulated online. Officials are trying to track down the fourth suspect, according report.
The shocking video surfaced online and the men can be heard speaking in Gujarati as they continue to follow the animal running away at high speed in very close proximity. And not just dead into the night, the second part of the video clearly shows four men on two bikes scarring the wild animals even in daylight.
Although none of the bikers could be properly seen in the video, one of them is heard asking another in Gujarati to chase the lion cub, but at the end another biker in yellow shorts is heard trying to restrain others and asking them to stop.
The Gir sanctuary in western Gujarat is the only natural habitat of Asiatic lions in the world. The 1,400 sq km sanctuary and its surrounding areas Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts are home to 523 Asiatic lions, according to the 2015 census by the state forest department.
— ANI (@ANI) November 10, 2017
Chief conservator of forest (CCF), Junagadh Wildlife Circle, A P Singh, said that after the incident came to light, forest officials have initiated an inquiry. “We are aware of the incident and are investigating. We are trying to find out the registration number of the bike, so that we can zero in on the accused.”
Singh said, “We are also trying to trace the Internet Protocol address from where the video was released. However, we have not been able to trace the IP address so far.”
The footage was shared aby news agency ANI and they said that the police have arrested three people so far. Gir sanctuary in Gujarat, the home to Asiatic lions is under tight security and yet such incident took place.
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