In the Hassan and Chikkamagaluru areas, there is a continuous attack by the jungles, and people have to walk in fear. Even in the assembly, MLAs from the hilly regions raised their voice about forest encroachment. Apart from this, on November 3, JDS MLAs staged a protest in front of the Gandhi statue at the Vidhana Soudha.
Case 1: On September 9, foresters attacked Arjun, a laborer who was coming after his farm work in Urabage village of Mudigere taluk. He died on the spot.
Case 2: Anand Devadiga of Hargodu village died on the spot as a result of an elephant attack near the road in Mudigere taluk on August 25. His dead body was dragged by an elephant for about a km in the forest, resulting in his organs being scattered in the forest.
Case 3: On July 7, Holsalaiah (60), a forest watcher, was killed by an elephant attack at Sundhaghatta village in Bilikallu forest area of Kanakapur taluk. An elephant trampled a wildebeest to death while driving them to a populated area.
Case 4: On November 1, 2022, a farmer named Manu (29) of Belgodu Hobli, Sakaleshpur, Hassan district, was caught and killed in a forest attack. While going to the temple in the morning, the wildebeest chased them and attacked them.
Another sacrifice on Sunday!
On Sunday, Kadane claimed another victim. A person named Shobha died in a forest attack on Sunday in the garden of Kundur in Mudigere. A frantic group hurled gherao at MLA MP Kumaraswamy who had come to the scene and expressed outrage. Police jeep carrying Kumaraswamy was also pelted with stones. His shirt was also torn in this incident. After this incident, further discussions about the forest attack problem have started. Demands for a permanent solution to this problem are intensifying.
Talking about the incident, Mudigere MLA MP Kumaraswamy said, “What can I do as a MLA if Kadane is attacked? When I went to listen to people’s problems, they attacked me. Although the family of the deceased woman was quiet, some feudal minded people there attacked me. “The government should take immediate action for attacking a representative of the people like this,” he demanded.
Let the meeting be held under the leadership of the CM!
A permanent solution to the problem of forest encroachment needs to be devised. In this regard, Sakaleshpur JDS MLA HK Kumaraswamy demanded that a meeting should be called immediately under the leadership of CM Basavaraja Bommai. Talking to Vijaya Karnataka Web, he said, “In the last 20 years, 78 people have been victims of forest attacks in Sakaleshpur and Belur areas. On November 1, a man named Manoj Kumar was killed in a forest attack. People protested in front of his dead body. Thus, people are constantly falling prey to forest fires. However, the government is not taking any permanent remedial action,” he expressed his displeasure.
15 days ago, a team of officials had come to investigate the forest attack. Had a discussion for two hours. However, no action has been taken. A meeting should be called under the leadership of the CM to find a permanent solution to forest encroachment. And he demanded that a delegation should be taken to the center to remove the obstruction.
Compulsion to build a corridor
In order to solve the problem of deforestation, there is an increasing demand to build an elephant corridor. In Hassan district, complaints are being heard that the government is not taking action even though the farmers are ready to give up their land for this. Although Rs 100 crore has been given for the construction of barrier fence, complaints are being heard that 10 to 11 km of barrier wall has been constructed in the district so far.
What was the promise given by CM Bommai in the House?
The forest attack issue was a lot of discussion in the last assembly session. On this occasion, CM Bommai promised to provide solution to the problem. Action will be taken to release the elephants that are giving birth to the forest. CM Bommai assured that action will be taken to implement the warning system on a better scale and after discussing with the officials about the elephant corridor, action will be taken. In case of crop damage due to elephant attack, the compensation is doubled. He said that action will be taken to increase the compensation for life damage.