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HC asks forest department to stop Melghat forest violations

NAGPUR: Even as uneasy calm prevailed in Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR) in Amravati district, Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the wooded area department to assure on affidavit that state of affairs was beneath regulate.
Hearing a felony writ petition filed by means of Akot-based Vijaysingh Chauhan thru his lawyer Akash Moon, Justices PN Deshmukh and Rohit Deo directed the officers to forestall trespassing in the forests and if noticed inform the court.

Initially, wooded area officers told the court all the squatters had been flushed out and the location was beneath regulate. However, the court asked the officers whether they were sure about it and told them to document an affidavit.

The court took critical word of legislation and order state of affairs coming up out the assault by means of squatters on police and forests group of workers. The subject will now be heard after four weeks. Melghat box director & APCCF MS Reddy and divisional wooded area officer (DFO) Vishal Mali were provide at the hearing.

Petitioner Chauhan has prayed for setting up a different activity pressure to evacuate trespassers and levy of damages on them for setting wooded area on hearth and spoiling government belongings. He has also advised to restrict motion of folks in tiger reserve.

Till now wooded area officers have arrested 26 persons for setting wooded area afire, damaging government belongings and attacking wooded area and policemen.

In the last two days six persons were arrested for indulging in violence. Earlier, 20 were arrested on January 20 for setting wooded area afire. They were remanded to judicial custody until February 1. All these arrests were carried out by means of wooded area officers as police are beneath power from politicians to head gradual in the subject as elections aren't far.

Amravati superintendent of police Dilip Zalke denied there was any power. “Our force to arrest squatters is occurring. We have given two days to these concerned about violence to give up,” said Zalke.

Meanwhile, safety in relocated villages of Gullarghat, Kelpani and Dhargad in Akot flora and fauna division has been tightened and over 400 police and wooded area staff were posted.

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