Friday, December 30, 2016

Electrocution of lions: HC sets up panel

| Updated: Dec 22, 2016, 12.13 PM IST
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Wednesday set up a 10-member committee to report on deaths of lions by electrocution in and around the Gir sanctuary. The committee will suggest measures to avert such deaths. The HC constituted the committee in response to a PIL filed by a wildlife activist, Biren Padhya, who had sought guidelines in this regard and demanded police investigation of the electrocution of a pregnant lioness on September 1. He moved court because forest department officials had been unable to identify the culprits.

The committee includes the additional chief secretary of the forests and environment department; the principal chief conservator of forests, wildlife; the managing director of Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Ltd (PGVCL); and the inspector general of police, Junagadh range. The court has permitted the petitioner to give his suggestions to the committee to curb electrocution deaths of animals in and around the protected area. Padhya wanted local representatives from panchayats to have a say in this matter because, according to him, the problem cannot be solved without the involvement of local residents.

During the hearing, the court also expressed concern about a lion entering a village earlier this week and killing a prey. Pandya's advocate, Nandish Thacker

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