Sher Khan roars in Naxal heartland

Posted on November 18, 2007. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh |

Tigers at the Indravati Tiger Resrve, spread over 1,258 sq km in Chhatisgarh, are apparently completely safe from poachers. And this piece of good news comes from none other than forest officials. “The whole Indravati reserve is a Maoist dominated area and guerrillas issue threats to government officials there. But we have never reported any case of poaching even by Maoists,” NK Bhagat, Chhattisgarh’s chief wildlife warden said. He added that the number of tigers at the Indravati reserve, 456 km from Raipur, had increased to 39 from 29 in the past three years. “We counted 29 tigers in 2002, 35 in 2003, 39 in 2004 and 39 in 2005. The big cats are totally safe in Indravati even though Maoists have not been allowing forest staff to take care of tigers,” Bhagat stated. The reserve forests are the catchment area of the perennial river Indravati and spread out over 56 villages where 1,440 tribal families reside. The Indravati reserve was included in Project Tiger in 1982. Maoist activities in the Indravati tiger reserve area have been proving a major headache for the forest department. The central government released Rs 3.49 million for 2004-05 for tiger care and just Rs 842,000 has been spent so far, reports the Hindustan Times.




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