New Delhi, Oct 6 : Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel on Saturday has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and pointed out the Gujarat government’s gross mismanagement that led to deaths of 23 lions in the Gir sanctuary since September 20.
In the letter, Patel stated, “The reasons for their deaths have not occurred overnight but are a result of the state govt’s prolonged mismanagement and poor oversight.”
The death of 23 Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir national park since September 20, some because of the canine distemper virus (CDV), has reignited the debate over finding them a second home.
The Supreme Court and the Gujarat high court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre and the state government over the death of lions at Gujarat’s Gir National Park.
The Gujarat government has blamed infighting and the spread of a virus for the deaths.
Gujarat state forest minister Ganpat Vasava said four of the 23 lions had died because of canine distemper virus (CDV) and reports on the remaining deaths were awaited.
“Today, we are faced with a peculiar problem. Lions are dying. There seems to be some kind of virus. We do not know. It is coming in newspapers. You find it out,” a Supreme Court bench headed by justice Madan B Lokur told additional solicitor general ANS Nadkarni.