'Humans entered panther territory'
Jaipur: Seven people who were killed in panther attacks in Alwar district had entered the Sariska forest area, a tourist place recognised globally, to get firewood and fodder and the panthers had nowhere strayed out from its reserved area, said state forest minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar. He stated this on Monday while replying to a question raised by Congress MLA Shakuntala Rawat during Zero Hour in the Assembly.
"The panthers live in the periphery of the forest and those seven people killed in panther attacks had gone into the Sariska forest, be it for the purpose of fodder or fire wood. These deaths occurred in the Sanctuary area and not outside," said Khimsar in the Assembly, while adding that government is wo
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"Our department is working on a relocation package for the villagers who will be shifted to safer areas from the forest. Such man-animal conflict happens everywhere across the world and it is not happening with Sariska alone. Whenever such conflict has occurred in Sariska, so far the forest officials have cordoned off the entire area and caught the panther,” Khimsar told the House. The minister also rejected allegations of negligence on part of forest officials and stated that double compensation packages was given to the kin of victims. “There is no negligence by the forest officers. Our officers reached the spot at the time of conflict carrying tranquiliser guns and controlled the situation. We gave double compensation to the victims from the fund collected from Gate collection. Also, we have promised to appoint the children of the deceased as nature guide,” said the minister.
Prior to this the Congress MLA Rawat alleged that the government remained negligent in tackling man-animal conflict which resulted in the deaths of seven persons in a period spanning from September 28, 2016 to February 12, 2017.
“What has happened in the past six months that the panthers have started attacking humans living in the villages. It appears that panthers which attacked are not from Sariska. Who is responsible for this and how did these incidents happen,” said Rawat while adding that a boy was attacked by a panther on Saturday too.
7 deaths IN 6 mths in sariska
September 28: Revad Ram of Dumoli in Thanagazi area
October 20: Gulli Devi Balai of Bhadoj village in Thanagaji
February 5: Santi Devi of Raipur in Raipuria village
February 6: Birdi Bai of Kalalanka in Raipuria village
February 12: Ramkumar Meena in Sili Baori village
February 12: Santi Devi of Jaitpur in Sili Baori village
March 17: Rampat Gurjar in Madhavgarh
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