Ahmedabadi Duo Jailed for Harassing Lion with Selfie Attempt in Khambha

The lion population in Amreli district is steadily increasing, leading to frequent encounters with humans in rural areas. On the other hand, incidents of wildlife attacks are also on the rise, with videos of such encounters going viral on social media. Recently, a video of people taking selfies with a lion and attempting to feed it has gone viral. The Forest Department promptly took action and apprehended two individuals from Ahmedabad involved in lion feeding.

What’s in the Video?

A video went viral on social media showing a car turning on its headlights while a lion is spotted on the road ahead. The light illuminates the lion, and as another car approaches from behind, the lion descends. The individuals in both cars attempt to feed the lion and take selfies with it.

Continuous Honking Towards the Lion

In a sequence of events in the Tulsi Shyam Range under the Gir East Division, Rohit Hiralal Rajput and Tejas Rajendra Parmar from Ahmedabad were found. As the lion was engaged in natural behavior, they escalated the situation by honking continuously, prompting the lion to approach their vehicle. This reckless act led to their apprehension under Section 9 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and they were remanded to court today.

Forest Department’s Swift Investigation

Following the incident, the Forest Department of the Khambha Range swiftly acted and successfully apprehended the accused. RFO Jyoti Vaja, along with AFO Rajal Pathak, has achieved success. Interrogations of the accused are ongoing. How many people were involved? Are there any other videos? A thorough investigation into these matters has commenced.

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