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Panther attack in Rawatpura of Berasia, two injured


Forest staff was not present in the jungle at the time of attack Chronicle Crime Reporter, Bhopal ,Panther attacked on villagers in Rawatpura forest area of Berasia on Monday morning, when they were busy in stuffing Tendu leaves. In this attack two villagers were seriously injured. During this incident none of the forest department’s staff were present on the forest’s site. On getting information ‘108’ambulance reached the spot and provided the first aid and took them to the Berasia government hospital. Later, on the instructions of DFO the forest staff has also arrived and provided the relief fund and helped them in their treatment. According to the Conservator of Bhopal Dr. SP Tiwari, in the month of May, Tendu leaves were plucked from its shrubs and were stored in different sites in jungles. Now a days, these leaves are being filled in bags to send to the godowns by the labors. In Rawatpura beat of Nazeerabad’s circle of Berasia range the Tendu leaves were also been stored. On Tuesday morning at 10 am when 12-14 labors of Rawatpura village were busy in filling bags, some of the villagers went to take water from the river located near to the site. Suddenly a panther appeared in front of them. Seeing the panther the panic spread and all of the started running away. In the meantime panther attacked on villagers and after seriously injuring two of them, it gone out of site. The injured were identified as Hari Singh S/o Babunath aged 35 years and Dhanraj S/o Simrat Singh, aged 35 years. Both of them are the residents of Rawatpura village. In the attack of Panther, Hari Singh had a head injury and Dhanraj has minor injuries on his hands. On getting information 108 Ambulance reached the spot and took both injured to the hospital from where one severely injured Hari Singh was referred to Hamidia Hospital Bhopal. DFO Tiwari says that due to the strike of the forest employees the field staff was not present in Berasia Jungles. Due to this SDO of Bhopal SS Bhadoria and Crack Team was sent to Berasia. Relief fund was given immediately to both of the injured and they are also being treated at the expenses of forest department. Staff is not in the jungles due to the strike It is significant that all the staff of forest department of the state including rangers to forest guards is on strike since 24th of May against their demands and hence none of the staff remains to protect the jungles. Due to the absence of the staff the information of forest crimes are constantly being received. Although forest department has also sought the help of police department for the security of forests but police department refused their appeal. Now the security of forests of the state is depends on the alertness of chowkidars working on daily wages or on the mercy of forest criminals.

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