Wildlife activist complains to NTCA over elephant killing, fire in MP- The New Indian Express

BHOPAL: A Bhopal-based wildlife activist Ajay Dubey has written to the central government, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the state forest department, complaining about the killing of an elephant and the burning of its remains in the buffer zone of the Badhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BTR) in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh.

The wildlife activist has sent photos along with the complaint made on January 11. In the complaint, Dubey has mentioned about receiving information from local sources about killing elephants and burning their remains in the jungles near Chhatwa village of Shahdol district, which is part of BTR’s Panpatha buffer zone.

“The incident alleged by locals questions the state of security, patrolling and vigilance by the forest department in the BTR, which has already been at the top in terms of tiger mortality and poaching in the state. It concerned area where the incident took place has been notorious for poaching of wild animals in the past, so the responsibility of the forest officials concerned should be fixed immediately followed by strict action against them,” Dubey wrote in the complaint while issuing a high level wanted. investigation by the NTCA.

Importantly, in October-November 2022, the BTR administration through an official statement had informed about its rescue team locating an elephant lying unconscious in Jamunia forest area of ​​Panpatha forest zone and following medical treatment and made the tusker stand up with the support of a JCB machine. But the BTR had not revealed the consumption of what would have left the elephant unconscious.

When contacted by this paper, the deputy director of BTR Lovit Bharti said, “The BTR teams have not found any evidence to confirm the allegations. However, the bony remains have been sent for detailed forensic analysis. Only after the findings we can conclude something.”

‘No evidence found to substantiate allegations’

When contacted by this paper, Deputy Director of BTR Lovit Bharti said, “The BTR teams have not found any evidence to confirm the allegations. However, the skeletal remains have been sent for detailed forensic analysis in Dehradun. Only after the findings from the forensics we can conclude something about the bones belonging to which animal.’

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