VIDEO OF BIKERS CHASING LIONS IN AMRELI GOES VIRAL: COPS ARREST FOUR SUSPECTS ON THE BASIS OF BIKES' LICENCE PLATES
The police on Thursday arrested four persons who could be seen in a video chasing lions on their bikes. The video was reportedly taken in Amreli about six months ago by the accused while they were chasing away a pride of lions on their bikes. However, the video went viral only on Wednesday following which the forest department approached the police to catch hold of the culprits.
The video showed four persons chasing away lions, lionesses and cubs who ran helter-skelter due to noise of the vehicles. The forest department brought the issue to the notice of the police which in turn took help of RTO to track down the vehicles based on number plates seen in the video. One of the vehicles was traced to Rajkot and its owner Padshala Ankur was arrested. Based on his interrogation, police arrested Jayesh Patat, Ajay Vala and Vala Bhimji, all residents of Babara in Amreli district. They had been to Amreli to watch lions about six months ago.
According to Forest Act 1927, there is a provision of six years imprisonment for chasing or harassing scheduled (endangered) species. Forest department officials said the lions being chased were disturbed, harassed and chased by the accused. "There are chances that the lions were mating when the incident took place. There are chances that either of the adult lions can now attack human beings." Chief Conservator of Forest A P Singh said, "Police has arrested the accused and further investigation is on. Strict action will be taken in the matter." Police is also looking into the IP address to determine from where the video was first uploaded.