On Monday late night, three Asiatic lions in the Gir Forest division were killed in Amreli district of Gujarat, when a goods train ran over them. The lion carcasses were found lying on the Railway track in Borala village in the early morning on Tuesday, reports a Forest Official.
Chief Conservator of Forests of Junagadh Wildlife Circle Dushyant Vasavada said, “A pride of six lions was passing by the railway track when a goods train crossed the track and killed three of them at around 12:45 am.” The goods train that took lives of three Asiatic lions was going to Pipavav from Botad.
Three Asiatic lions- two male and one lioness, aged between 1.5 to 2-years died in the accident, added Mr. Vasavada. He continued that an investigation is on in the incident adding that “we are trying to get details on the train speed, negligence of trackers and forest staff. Stringent action will be taken against the defaulters.”
More than 30 lions have died in Gir forest district since September 2018. It followed the outbreak of CDV infection back in September, nearly 36 lions affected were captured and shifted to three rescue centres as a part of precaution. 23 lions had also died in Gir Forest district in a short span of three weeks in September.