14 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: The Wildlife Society of Orissa is up in arms against the Talcher and Angul forest ranges for not desisting from using cruel methods to chase away the elephants in the area even after the Supreme Court’s ruling.
In 2018, it came to society’s knowledge that villagers of Santhapada and Dasanali of Talcher Range bordering the Mahabirod Range of Dhenkanal division were firing rockers aimed directly at elephants forcing them to panic and flee. Several tuskers were injured in these incidents. Such inhumane methods are in direct contradiction to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and hence the Supreme Court of India ordered such methods to be stopped with immediate effect.
The society had complained to Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) in October 2018 followed by which they had issued an order to Angul and Talcher Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) on orders of the apex court.
However, it has recently come to fore that the said forest divisions are yet to enforce the court's ruling. The Wildlife Society of Orissa has once again requested the Conservator of Forests who then accordingly directed respective DFOs to abide by the orders of the Supreme Court.
Speaking to Ommcom News, Secretary of The Wildlife Society of Orissa Biswajit Mohanty said, “There are already methods available to chase away the elephants and we need to do away with such cruel methods. The Angul and Talcher Forest Range officials need to implement the right way.”
“Construction of canals and trenches, stone quarry and crushing facilities and train lines are few of the developments that are hampering movement of elephants since last few years. We need to collectively find a way to keep the animals away from human inhabitations,” said Mohanty.