Roar for Tigers

Pilibhit foresters face protests over illegal fellings

Pilibhit foresters face protests over illegal fellings

Sep 30, 2014

PILIBHIT: A team of Pilbhit tiger reserve officials who accused a villager of illegally felling trees in the forest had to face the wrath of the residents of four villages who supported the “accused”. The accused villager, in turn, filed a complaint against a deputy range officer and a forester of the tiger reserve at the local police station. Supporting him, the people from four villages staged a demonstration at the office of the range officer concerned on Sunday. On his part, the divisional forest officer said forest officials had gone to the house of Rakshpal Singh, a resident of Faijulla Ganj village under the Barahi forest range and Madhotanda police station, and warned him against illegal felling in the forest area. But in his complaint, Singh alleged that deputy range officer of Barahi range Arif Jamal and forester Sattar Khan intruded into his house on Saturday and beat him up brutally.

He claimed that the forest officials did not spare his wife and 11-year-old daughter. He said the two officers warned him to not to let his animals enter the forest area for grazing. Singh said the Madhotanda police police declined to take any action against the forest officers concerned despite his complaint. With a view to express their resentment over the incident and the apathy of police, around 250 villagers from Faijulla Ganj, Maini Guladia, Barua Rajpur and Musepur assembled outside the office of Barahi forest range and staged demonstration against “the incident” that took place at Singh’s home. Divisional forest officer of Pilibhit tiger reserve Kailash Prakash told that Rakshpal Singh had a long history of illegal felling of trees. The departmental team had visited his home to warn him of a stringent action if he made any further attempt to damage forest property. He denied outright that anyone was beaten up as alleged.



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