Saturday, January 21, 2006

Maoists detain three people engaged in Tiger census

Maoists detain three people engaged in Tiger census

Sambalpur | January 21, 2006 7:41:24 PM IST



A splinter group of four Maoists has detained three persons, including a forester, engaged in the tiger census inside the dense forest of Badarama under Jamankira police station.

According to reports reaching here today, the Maoists snatched away the walky-talkie used by the forest staff during the animal census on the night of Thursday last.


Sambalpur Superintendent of Police S Devdatt Singh said the Maoists after a confrontation with the police near Badmal just three days back were divided into groups inside dense forest to avoid police action.


He said the intention of the Maoists to detain the Census staff and snatch away their walky-talky might be to prevent them to inform the police party about their position and denied that the census staff were kidnapped.


When contacted, conservator of forest N Sethi said he is yet to receive any detailed information about the incident from the Bamra Divisional Forest officer (wildlife).


The Maoists, he said had earlier warned the forest staff not to enter the dense forest in their uniform.




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