Gujarat: Lion hit by goods train

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Amreli, Feb 16 (PTI) A lion was severely injured after it was hit by a goods train on Tuesday near Rajula town in Amreli district of Gujarat, an official said.

A team has been formed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, the official said.

The lion, aged between 5 to 9 years, was hit by a goods train which plies between Rajula and Pipavav port in Amreli district.

'Forest officials learnt about the incident from trackers. The injured lion was first shifted to Babarkot rescue centre and then taken to Sakkarbaug Zoo in Junagadh for further treatment,' said Deputy Conservator of Forests, Nisha Raj.

Chief Conservator of Forest, DT Vasavada, said the lion sustained severe injuries, but it will survive.

He said the government had asked Railway authorities in the past to limit the speed of trains passing through forest areas.

In 2018, two lions and a lioness were mowed down by a Pipavav-Botad goods train in the adjoining Savarkundla taluka of Amreli when a pride of six lions was walking along the railway tracks. PTI CORR PJT NSK NSK