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Guilty Animal: 18 Lions will be put on trial for murder of 3 in Gujarat

Asiatic lions are on the endangered species list and there are about 400 lions remaining in the wild

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  • After the attack of three, 18 lions will be watched for signs of aggression
  • Police will be observing their behavior, checking prints, and testing feces to look for signs of aggression towards humans
  • The Supreme Court stepped in to have them relocated

Eighteen Asiatic lions will be tried in the murder of three people in Gujarat. Police seem confident that they will be able to frame the lions. As punishment, one of the eighteen lions will be sentenced to life in a zoo. The rest of the eighteen will be released back into the wild.

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Asiatic lions are on the endangered species list. There are about 400 lions remaining in the wild. Humans are intruding on their land; with this shared space roughly only 270 lions can be accommodated. The small space forces some of the lions to migrate, leading them straight into human-animal conflicts, said a Scroll.in report.

The investigators of the case have been following the lions’ behavior, and they believe that they have one guilty lion picked out. In an interview with BBC, wildlife expert Ruchi Dave said, “Man-eating lions usually get aggressive at the sight of a human being.” The investigators are still waiting for the results of nine other lions.

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Lion in Gir Forest in Gujarat. Image source: Indian Express
Lion in Gir Forest in Gujarat. Image source: Indian Express

The Supreme Court stepped in and ordered for the animals to be relocated to other states. The lions have yet to be moved. Gujarat says the process will take 25 years (or more) to move the lions from the Gir National Park in Gujarat to the Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. The Prime Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, opposes the relocation of the lions. Since the Supreme Court’s involvement in 2013, they directed the government to relocate the wild cats.

Abigail Andrea is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @abby_kono

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  • AJ Krish

    Lions tried for murder? We encroach their lands, destroy their habitat and relocate them.Now , they are being tried for murder. Aren’t we interfering with the natural order?

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    We harm them to much more extent. If we get into their territory, they have no choice left with them but killing.

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Another Deadline Missed, No Draft Scheme on the Cauvery Dispute Till Now

On the expiry of the six-week deadline, the Centre sought extension of time till the completion of the electoral process in Karnata for submission of the Scheme.

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The court said that even if the Centre has not framed the scheme, Karnataka, under the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award, was obliged to make monthly releases to Tamil Nadu.
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The Centre yet again failed to submit a draft Scheme on the Cauvery river water dispute before the Supreme Court on the ground that the Prime Minister and other ministers were campaigning in Karnataka, which Tamil Nadu flayed as “brazen partisanship”.

Seeking 10 more days to finalize the scheme, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud: “A draft scheme has been placed before the Cabinet. Because of Karnataka elections, the Prime Minister and all other Ministers are in Karnataka. Before that the Prime Minister was abroad (in China).”

It also sought response from the Centre on the steps taken by it since the pronouncing of the judgement for putting in place a scheme for implementing its order on the sharing of Cauvery water among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
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The Centre’s submission was countered strongly by senior counsel Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, who said: “Sorry to say, the Central government is politicizing the issue. They are worried about their electoral fate in Karnataka. Election in Karnataka is on May 12 and somehow they don’t want to do it till then. We have enough of it. It is brazen partisanship of the Union of India. It is the end of co-operative federalism.”

The apex court in its February 16 judgement had directed the Centre to frame a Scheme within six months in accordance with the recommendation by the Cauvery River Water Tribunal for constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and Cauvery Regulatory Authority (CRA), which Karnataka opposes strongly.

On the expiry of the six-week deadline, the Centre sought extension of time till the completion of the electoral process in Karnata for submission of the Scheme. Tamil Nadu filed a contempt petition against the Centre for failure to act within the deadline.

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During Thursday’s hearing, the court directed the Karnataka government to respond on how much of the four TMC of water it can release by month end. It also sought response from the Centre on the steps taken by it since the pronouncing of the judgement for putting in place a scheme for implementing its order on the sharing of Cauvery water among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

In the course of the hearing, the court asked Karnataka to release 4 TMC of water by Monday.

The court said that even if the Centre has not framed the scheme, Karnataka, under the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award, was obliged to make monthly releases to Tamil Nadu.

The court directed the next hearing of the matter on Tuesday. (IANS)