Forest officials, however, said they were just carrying the ailing wild cat to medical care centre for advance treatment.
“The lion, which was captured from Chatra village around 4 am on Sunday, was kept in an open cage and paraded through streets of Rajula by forest officials for hours,” said Vinu Mangan, president of Gir Nature Club at Rajula.
“The show continued for a couple of hours as crowds followed the ‘procession’ through the city,” Mangan added.
Rajula Range Forest Officer R Mor said, “The animal was just being carried from Rajula to Jasadhar, where care centre is located. In between, we had to pass through the city. As no closed vehicle was available, we had to carry the cage on a utility vehicle.”