Three lions including one male and two females were sentenced to be caged for the life, in Gujarat’s Gir Forest Reserve for eating men, officials said. The life imprisonment for the three lions was announced by the forest authorities after ‘taking 17 lions into the custody’ for killing three people residing nearby the forest on different occasions, this month.
The sentenced three lions were found to have killed the three people, including a 14-year-old boy who was went on missing while sleeping outside his house, in the forest premises.
The continuous attack from the lions against the people living nearby the forest reserve, had triggered a protest from forest neighbors asking for an immediate solution for the problem.
According to the Gujarat’s chief conservator, AP Singh, some human remains have been found in the excrement of the man-eating lions. He said that the male lion attacked the humans and the female lions joined them eating the remains.
He also said that the lions will never be released for ever from the cage, since there are possibilities of them to repeat the same. An official stated that the male lion will be kept in the zoo, while the females will be taken to a rescue centre.
Meantime, the other 14 lion which were ‘summoned’ for ‘interrogation’ have been sent back to the forest.
The Gir Forest National Park was established in 1965. It is one of the most protected wildlife area in the Asia, as it is home for many Asiatic lions. Earlier, it was used to be the hunting grounds of the Nawabs of Junagadh.
The park which is famous for its flora and fauna, has 523 Asiatic lions according to a survey conducted in May, 2015.
The apex court in 2013 has sought the Gujarat government to shift some of its lions to other states so that the lions’ population in the country will not be missed, if one natural disaster hit the state. However, the Gujarat government refused to shift the lion as it has serious doubt that whether these states treat the lions the way it deserved.