RAJKOT: A 55-year-old man was killed by a lion at Nageshree village in Jafrabad taluka of Amreli district on Wednesday morning. The deceased has been identified as Bhikhabhai Parmar.
He was sleeping in his hut on the outskirts of Nageshree village when the lion attacked him around 3 am, forest officials said.
"The lion entered the hut and dragged Bhikhabhai away. He was then killed by the big cat. The deceased's body has been sent for post mortem. The lion may have entered the hut as there was a goat in it. Bhikhabhai may have tried to save his goat and was attacked by the lion," said A B Bloch, range forest officer, Rajula forest range.
Earlier, Bhura Parmar, 35, a resident of Dholadri village, was killed by a lion in the same area on April 18. Dholadri is just five kms from Nageshree village. The area falls under an expanded lion territory called Bruhad Gir.
Subsequently, forest department officials caged one lion and sent it to Sakkarbuag Zoo in Junagadh. As per rules, any lion or wild cat which attacks humans is captured and caged in Sakkarbaug Zoo or in the rescue centre in Sasan Gir for its life time.