Chhattisgarh Govt orders probe into killing of bear by cops, foresters

Chhattisgarh government has ordered an enquiry into the killing of a female sloth bear after it allegedly turned man-eater and mauled three persons, including a deputy ranger of forests, to death in Mahasamund district.
The probe will be largely based on what prompted the local police and forest officials to kill the wild animal without taking requisite permission in this direction.
“A committee, headed by chief conservator of Forest (Wildlife) K Murugan, has been constituted to investigate the matter,” Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (APCCF) K C Bebarta told PTI tonight.
On March 12, Shatrughan Kanwar and Dhansingh Kanwar, both residents of Navagaon village, had gone to forest during the wee hours when they were attacked and eventually killed by the female wild bear in the forests of Patewa police station limits.
Later, when the deputy ranger of forests Sahil Khan reached the spot looking for the bear, it attacked him as well following which the official died.
Later, a joint team of police and forest officials shot the animal dead.
“As per the Wildlife Conservation Act 1972, a wild animal can’t be tranquilised or killed without permission. Neither verbal nor written permission was sought in this case by the local authorities,” Bebarta said.
The probe panel has been asked to submit the detailed report in this connection within 10 days, he added.
A wildlife activist has condemned the killing and raised questions over how without taking permission from the forest authority police officials opened fire at the bear.
“If the bear was being witnessed in the region, forest department should have made necessary arrangements on time to avoid the wild animal and human conflict,” said wildlife activist Mansoor Khan based in Bilaspur.
They did not even make an effort to save that animal before brutally gunning it down with the help of police, he alleged.