Sattari Bhumiputra Sanghatna (SBS) will hold a protest to express their anguish over the lethargic attitude of state government to the burning issues pertaining to right to land ownership, men and wild animal conflict in Mhadei wildlife sanctuary, Mhadei river issue and over demand of farmers to declare certain wild animals as vermin in Sattari taluka.
Presently, Sattari taluka has been in news over tiger killings in Mhadei wildlife sanctuary and over handling of the matter by concerned department.
Sattari Bhumiputra Sanghatna over the last couple of years has been demanding right to ownership and had even staged a ‘morcha’.
Last year, on October 5, around 250 villagers of Kumthol and Caranzol-Sattari had erected a board stating ‘No entry for forest department’.
Thereafter, unknown persons had burned an outpost erected by forest department at Mhadei wildlife sanctuary. After this incident, four members of SBS were charge-sheeted and they have been issued summons to be present in the court at Valpoi on January 17.
Irked by this, the members of SBS have decided to hold a protest on January 17 at Valpoi forest department office. Hundreds of protestors are expected to march to the forest office at Valpoi as SBS claims that people have extended full support to their movement as they are fed up with assurances not being fulfilled by the government.
“Wild animals are creating havoc and damaging crops, while farmers are pleading to the government to declare certain animals as vermin but state authorities are least bothered,” said activist Parab. SBS members have appealed to affected villagers of Sattari to participate in the protest in large numbers.
SBS president Harishchandra Gawas has lashed out at forest department over the death of tigers in Golavali village. “If they were serious, this incident would have not taken place. Now the forest officials are blaming the Dhangar family,” he said.
Source:: The Navhind Times