People protest tiger deaths in Jim Corbett
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 17:57
Aligarh: Anger over recent tiger deaths in the Jim Corbett National Park spilled over on to the streets of Ramnagar town adjoining the park, where a large number of people staged a demonstration on the matter.

Local residents and wildlife conservationists came together under a common platform, the 'Baagh Bachao Sangharsh Samiti', and sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, asking him to institute a high-level probe into the recent tiger deaths. The memorandum pointed out that four tigers had died in the heart of the national park in the past one month.

The first incident was reported on December 13 near 'Thandi Sarak' falling under the Khilanoli Forest Range. The lastest tiger death was recorded on January 11, this year near Gujjar Soth under Dhikala Forest Division, which led to the protest on Monday.

Samiti spokesman Rajesh Bhatt said today over telephone, "We are not convinced by the official explanation that all these tiger deaths are natural keeping in mind their age."

A local conservationist alleged that there had been a decline in the level of protection in the national park and if immediate steps were not taken, then "Corbett too could be heading the Sariska way".

When contacted, the director of the park Ranjan Mishra said, "The first three incidents were natural deaths and the forensic report for the latest killing has still not been received."

National Tiger Conservation Authority chief Rajesh Gopal rushed to the park yesterday and was present when forensic tests were conducted on the latest big cat which died.


First Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 17:57

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