Supreme Court calls death of lions in Gujarat's Gir forest 'extremely serious', asks Centre to take action to protect them

In September, over 21 lions have died in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, due to various reasons.

Asian News International October 03, 2018 18:27:13 IST
Supreme Court calls death of lions in Gujarat's Gir forest 'extremely serious', asks Centre to take action to protect them

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed concern over the death of lions in Gir forest in Gujarat and urged the Centre to protect them as it's "extremely serious" situation.

Supreme Court calls death of lions in Gujarats Gir forest extremely serious asks Centre to take action to protect them

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A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said, "Lions must be protected. You (government) must find out the reasons and do something to stop it."

In September, over 21 lions have died in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, due to various reasons.

Hearing a plea relating to preservation of green forests across the country, the bench took into note the media reports, which highlighted the death of lions in Gir Forest in the Amreli district of Gujarat.

"This is extremely serious. So many lions have died," the bench said while asking the Centre to file a response on the issue.

Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre, sought time to file a reply.

The Gujarat government also assured the court that necessary action will be taken on the death of lions in Gir forest. The court granted one week time to the governments.

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