Forest Watcher Goes Missing Under Mysterious Circumstances While On Duty
Star of Mysore
September 26, 2022
A Forest Watcher on duty has gone missing under mysterious circumstances
from Makuta Forest limits in Virajpet taluk.
The missing Forest Watcher is 23-year-old Pavan, a native of Balele and it
is suspected that he may have slipped and fell into the river. A search
operation is on to trace the body.
Details: Pavan and four others were deployed for a wild elephant combing
operation at V. Badaga village in Makuta Reserve Forest area on Sept. 23
during which Pavan is said to have gone missing suddenly.
Though Forest Department staff, Police and Fire Brigade personnel,
Bittangala Gram Panchayat members and localites conducted a search till
night, Pavan was not traceable and it is suspected that he may have slipped
and fell into the River flowing next to the forest.
On Sept. 23 late night, a team from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)
was summoned and a search operation was conducted inside the forest but in
vain. On Sept. 24, a search was conducted in the river at Neerugundi area
in V. Badaga Forest limits till evening but Pavan could not be traced.
The search operation to trace Pavan is still going on and NDRF, Fire
Brigade and Police personnel have stayed put in the area and are continuing
their search. Meanwhile, the information of Pavan going missing was told to
his family members on Sept. 23 night by the Forest officials.
The family members requested the Forest officials to allow them inside the
Forest area, but as Makuta Forest area is thick, Forest officials convinced
Pavan’s family members not to venture inside the forest and a search
operation is continuing.