Tiger death in MP: Ramesh seeks report from state

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 21:33

New Delhi: Perturbed by the death of a
tigress in Mashya Pradesh`s Bandhavgarh sanctuary, Environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh has sought a report from the Chief
Minister.

"The minister has taken a serious note of the matter and
has asked Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan to probe the case
thoroughly and send a report," a senior Environment official
said.

He said MP Additional Principle Chief Conservator of
Forest (PCCF) Dharmendra Negi is investigating the case even
as various theories for death of the ten-year-old feline on
May 19 in the Tala Range of the reserve are doing rounds.

Meanwhile Reserve Field Director CK Patil has demanded a
CID or CBI inquiry into the incident. "Patil has written to
the State Chief Wildlife Warden RS Negi with such a request,"
the official said.

Earlier soon after the animal`s death, Patil had said
that "We are of the view that a tourist vehicle had hit the
tigress after which she died. But it needs investigation."

Madhya Pradesh Government has already suspended three
officials including an SDO and two range officers for alleged
negligence.

Wildlife Expert Belinda Wright too demanded a thorough
probe. "We have information that the poor animal was hit
twice," she said.

The tigress` death, which left three cubs orphan, has
also put a question mark on the current tourism policy being
adopted across the country causing disturbance to the wildlife
particularly endangered animals like big cats.

Earlier, a tiger had died after being hit by a tourist
vehicle in Bandhavgarh in April 2009.

"Yes, there is a need to have regulated tourism in the
sanctuaries to avoid disturbance to the wildlife. We have been
sending advisory to the states but they are hardly been
implemented," Rajesh Gopal, Member Secretary National Tiger
Conservation Authority (NTCA) said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had recently written to
several chief ministers asking for regulation of uncontrolled
tourism on the periphery of tiger reserves like the Corbett
Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 21:33

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