Sasan town in Junagadh district, famous for Gir Wildlife Sanctuary on Wednesday observed a half-day bandh to protest against the forest deparment's alleged failure to save a lion which died after falling down from a bridge.
Normal life in the entire town was paralysed as auto rickshaw and ferry service operators also extended their support to the bandh which was called by local residents.
They also submitted a memorandum to the forest department demanding strict action against the responsible forest officials for their alleged carelessness which caused the lion's death, sources said.
An eight-year-lion died yesterday after falling from a 15-meter bridge on Hiran river.
The villagers also demanded that the lion show being organised by the forest department for tourists be cancelled to save lions.
Deputy Conservator of Forest Amit Kumar could not be contacted but sources in the forest department did not rule out possibility of the lion being hit by a vehicle.