Gujarat: 3 Asiatic lions crushed to death under goods train

Danger seems to be perennially lurking for the endangered Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir (east). Three lions were crushed to death under a goods train near Savarkundla town of Amreli district post Monday midnight.

Forest department officials said there was a pride of six lions moving on the track, out of which two males aged around two years and a one-and-a-half-year lioness were killed. The goods train was going to Pipavav Port from Botad town.

In a statement, the forest department said, “An inquiry is being conducted about the train speed and the negligence of trackers and forest staff. Action will be taken on whosoever is found guilty.” Several lions have been killed on the railway track going to Pipavav, which sees movement of nearly 28-30 trains daily. On Sunday, a nilgai (blue bull) was also run over by a train at the same spot near Borala village. It is suspected that the lions had come to feed on the carcass of this animal.

In January this year, a four-month-old lion cub was crushed by a passenger train, nine km from Borala. Mashuque Ahmed, divisional commercial manager, Bhavnagar division, said the goods train was moving at normal speed.

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