Tribal man shot by forest staff; Bylakuppe

MYSURU: Basava a resident of Ranigate Jenu Kuruba hamlet in Periyapatna taluk, was shot by forest staff. The incident took place at the tribal hamlet near Bylakuppe in the Mysuru district. The man is now admitted to KR Hospital in the city.

According to the forest staff, he was chased and shot for illegally chopping off a sandalwood tree. The villagers and tribal activists argue that the authorities were trying to frame a false narrative against the man.

A complaint was filed by Pushpa, wife of Basava at the Bylakuppe police station on Wednesday night, said the reports by TNIE. She said watcher Subramani made the opening fire, while three others, Mahesh, Sidda and forest guard Manju were present at the scene. Basava was first shifted by guard Manju to a hospital in Kushalnagar.

As the severity of the injury, the victim was later shifted to KR hospital Mysuru. Pushpa’s complaint clearly stated these forest guards earlier of last month had a clash with Basava, who objected to the staff chopping a silver oak tree near his house. Basava also received threats from the officers, said the complaint.

Forest Department complained Basava, based on the testimony of forest guards. The police have registered FIR against the man for the matter.

DR Mahendra Kumar (Project Director of Green India Trust) and Chetan Ahimsa (Adivasi Activist), expressed their concerns on Pushpa’s complaint for which FIR was not registered by the authorities.

Budakattu Krishna Sangha said that “Basava had attended a meeting and even posed for a group photo at 10:21 am on Wednesday, a few minutes after this, he was shot outside the forest near the main road where no sandalwood tree is found.”

Actor and Activist, Chetan and others met Deputy Commissioner Bagadi Gautham and requested to lodge a case.

Tribal Army provides a platform to challenge the generational neglect of Indigenous people of India, which has also shared the concerns on the matter.

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