Junagadh, Oct 19 (UNI) The farmer, in whose field three lionness and two cubs were electrocuted yesterday, was arrested today.
Speaking to UNI, the DFO of Sakarbaugh zoo Vijayendrasinh Rana said Durlabhji Shambu Vadodaria, in whose field the lions had died, has been arrested and a couple of more arrests are expected soon.
The lions died at Durlabhji's field at Prempara village in Amreli district when the animals accidentally brushed against the electrified fence of his field.
Following the arrest, DIG South Saurashtra Range Mohan Jha, DSP of Amreli and other top forest officials from Gandhinagar have rushed to the spot were the bodies of the lions were recovered.
Mr Rana said that the accused Durlabhji has stated that the lions had died a week ago not on 17th. When he saw the lions dead he called three of his friends and with their assistance dug a pit deep enough to bury the carcasses. He then covered the pit with mud and then piled up fertilisers creating a mound of over five feet so that the incident would not come to light.
Mr Rana further said that one of Durlabhji's three accomplices had panicked and informed the local forest officer about the incident yesterday. Soon forest officials from Junagadh and Amreli rushed to the spot and extricated the carcasses from the camouflaged pit.
Mr Rana said the nails from one of the cub's foot was missing and added that this could have happened under natural circumstances.
The postmortem of the carcasses was done on the spot by the Junagadh Sakarbaugh Zoo's veterinary surgeon Dr CN Bhuva and Dr Hirapara. Their primary report had said that all the animals had died due to electrocution.
Mr Rana said that the viscera of the carcasses has been sent to verterniary hospital at Anand and a detailed conclusion can be drawn once the report reaches here.
Cases against all the accused has been filed under the Wildlife Protection Act, he said.