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One held after video shows man on bike luring lion with bait

A person was detained in Gujarat on Thursday after a video surfaced in which a man was purportedly seen dragging an animal carcass behind his motorcycle apparently to lure a lion, a forest official said. Taking serious note of the incident, Chief Conservator of Forests, Junagadh Wildlife Circle, D T Vasavada, said strict action would be taken against those found harassing lions in the state. In the nearly 15-second clip, which went viral on social media platforms, a man was seen dragging the carcass, apparently of a cattle, tied to his two-wheeler with the help of a rope. Lured by the bait, a male lion was then seen appearing from the bushes and chasing the carcass for some distance. Some persons standing at a distance and recording the video could be heard cheering the man on the bike when the lion came out of the bushes. On learning about the incident, the state forest officials launched an inquiry into it. A person allegedly involved in the incident has been detained

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