Panna tiger reserve opened for tourists

Last Updated: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 18:57

Bhopal: Panna Tiger Reserve in eastern Madhya
Pradesh was opened for tourists two days after four armed
dacoits were flushed out from it, officials said.

"Four armed men were noticed in the reserve spread over
an area of 543 sq km on Tuesday after which the place was
closed for the second half and the miscreants were flushed out
from the area in the night," Reserve Field Director R S Murthy
told PTI today.

"We did not take a chance on tourist security and
closed the park in the second half of Tuesday," he said.

"The forest staffers and the Madhya Pradesh police in
a joint operation flushed out the armed men," the field
director added.

Both entries from Hinotha and Madhla gates to the reserve
in Panna district were thrown open to the tourists from
Wednesday, he said.

Murthy said that there was a normal visitors influx to
the reserve since Wednesday, denying that the tourists were
frightened to visit the place which led to the decline in
their number.

Panna reserve, which had more than 30 big cats around
four year back, became devoid of tigers last year following
which two felines and a tiger were translocated to this place
to revive stripped-animal population.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 18:57

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