Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Naxal menace: Forest dept’s attitude flayed

Naxal menace: Forest dept's attitude flayed
Wednesday February 6 2008 08:24 IST

Express News Service

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MADIKERI: The negligent attitude of the Karnataka Forest Department will help the naxals have their base in the Pushpagiri Hills, alleged Coorg Western Ghat Inhabitants Rehabilitation Organisation convener K U Ravi Thammaiah.

Addressing the media here on Tuesday, Thammaiah said that a group of thirteen naxals were sheltered in the Western Ghats of Kodagu for the last two to three months.

Despite it was brought to the notice of the Forest department, it didn't initiate any action against them, he charged.

"The Forest department has converted 8,000 acres of revenue land as forest land at the Pusphagiri Wildlife division by erecting boards throughout the areas in Hammiyaala, Mandalapatti and Mukkoldu villages of Madikeri taluk.

Eventhough, the High Court has directed to maintain status quo, the department has violated the court directions," he said.


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