Security tightened at sanctuary before tribal fest
Besides deputing personnel at strategic entry points, forest department would set up check posts to prevent tribals from entering reserved forest.
Jamshedpur: Adequate security arrangement has been made to prevent tribals, who will venture into Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary to hunt animals to observe their annual Bishu Parv (hunting festival) on Monday.
"A meeting of the senior forest department officials was held in view of the festival, which is popularly known as ‘Sendra Parv’ in local dialect, and discussed strategy to prevent poaching of innocent animals," Kamlesh Pandey, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) (Wildlife), said.
Besides deputing our personnel at various strategic entry points, he said the forest department would set up check posts to prevent tribals from entering the reserved forest areas.
One of the tribal group from Asanboni in East Singhbhum district had observed the festival in a symbolic manner without hurting the animals, DFO claimed.
However, the major group ‘Dalma Buru Sendra Samity’ was adamant to observe the festival in a traditional manner on Monday.
Armed with traditional weapons, hundreds of tribals from far flung areas of East Singhbhum and adjoining states of West Bengal and Odisha will start climbing the Dalma forest from Sunday night for hunting animals, a senior functionary of the Samity said.