One of the two lions at Bengal Safari Park. Photo: By arrangement.

By Joydeep Sarkar

Jalpaiguri (Bengal): The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has moved the circuit bench of the Kolkata high court against the fact that one of two lions brought to the state from Tripura was named ‘Sita.’

Two lions were brought from Tripura’s Sepahijala  Zoological Park to the Bengal Safari Park in Siliguri on February 12.

One of the lions was named ‘Akbar’ and the other ‘Sita’. Akbar is a seven-year-old and Sita is six.

The Hindutva group is now up in arms over the fact that Akbar’s companion is Sita. While Akbar is also the name of a Mughal emperor, Sita is a character in the epic Ramayan and is revered as a Hindu deity.

While reports had said that the forest authorities would be requesting chief minister Mamata Banerjee to name the lions, it is not clear if she was indeed the one to name them Akbar and Sita.

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