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Tiger terror for villagers

Hundreds of residents of nine panchayats in the Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary region on Wednesday took out a rally from the stadium to the district collectorate through the town's main street, opposing the tiger project in the forest.

By Our Correspondent in Angul
  • Published 19.07.18
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Big cat threat: Local residents stage a protest against the tiger project in Angul. Telegraph picture  

Angul: Hundreds of residents of nine panchayats in the Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary region on Wednesday took out a rally from the stadium to the district collectorate through the town's main street, opposing the tiger project in the forest.

At a meeting outside the gate of the collectorate, the villagers, under the Satkosia Praja Surakhya Samiti, criticised the state government and the forest department of restricting their livelihood and forcing them to live in a state of fear by releasing the tigers into the forest. They also said that no one, including forest officials, had held any talks or consulted them before announcing that six tigers would be released to the forest.

The demonstrators, under the leadership of samiti president Janardan Sahu, submitted a nine-point charter of demands to Angul additional district magistrate Tapan Kumar Satpathy.

They wanted compensation to the losses caused by elephants and restoration of their fishing rights in the forests. The samiti also called for the protection for human beings and other animals from the threat of tigers in Satksoia.

They alleged that the administration and the forest department had not organised any palli sabha to elicit the opinion of the residents on the decision to release the tigers. They also wanted justice for the Raigoda villagers, who have been relocated from their homeland to other locations because of the tiger project.

Samiti secretary Biraj Majhi said: "Tigers are moving on roads, but there is restriction on our movements in our areas. Children cannot got to school out of fear. People cannot earn their livelihood in view of the fear factor."

Satpathy, who received the memorandum, said: "We will call a meeting of all concerned to find a solution to the problems raised by the local people."