Wild elephant menace: Karnataka govt constitutes task force in 4 districts
Pathi Venkata Thadhagath, Hindustan Times
November 22, 2022
In the wake of the rise in the man-elephant conflict in four districts of
Karnataka, a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on
Monday, resolved to constitute an elephant task force in four districts to
check the menace of wild elephants.
An order to this effect was issued soon after the meeting. The elephant
task force, headed by the Deputy Conservator of Forests, will be set up in
Hassan, Chikmagalur, Mysore and Kodagu districts, where the menace is more.
The task force must swing into action with immediate effect and it must
work under the instructions of the respective Chief Conservator of Forests
of the circles concerned, said the state government notification.
According the order, the task force must patrol in the jumbo-infested
areas, monitor its movements in human habitation, agriculture fields and
coffee estates, and drive them back into forests under the direction of the
deputy conservator of forests. They must share information about the
movement of wild elephants and creating awareness among the people not to
move in the forest areas.
The state government directed to set up a control room in the headquarters
of every task force and share the contact number with the citizens.
Further, the task force members must be provided with walkie-talkies, guns
and crackers which are necessary to drive back the wild jumbos into forests.
The Head of the forest force must deploy Range Forest Officers, Assistant
Conservator of Forests and forest guards to each district task force.
Moreover, three SUVs must be provided to each district elephant task force
to reach the jumbo-infested areas immediately. Besides, Canter vehicles
must be taken on rent and handover it to the task force.
The state government directed that the help of police must be sought at the
time of driving back the wild jumbos into forests.
Meanwhile, a Karnataka BJP MLA was allegedly beaten by angry villagers in
Chikkamagaluru district on Sunday when he was on his way to express his
condolences to the family of a woman who died in an elephant attack.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's MLA from Mudigere, MP Kumaraswamy's
clothes were allegedly torn by locals of Hullemane village when he visited
them following the death of the woman in the elephant attack.
The villagers alleged that the MLA did not respond properly to provide
relief to the people from continuous elephant attacks.
As per the information, the woman succumbed to her injuries on Sunday.
Locals say their village is being continuously attacked by elephants. They
held the local administration and the MLA responsible for these attacks
alleging that he did not do anything concrete to provide relief to the
people from the elephant attacks.
Informing about the incident, the police said they took the MLA to their
vehicle to protect him from the angry villagers. Later in a video,
Kumaraswamy was seen in a torn shirt and heard saying that the attack on
him was well-planned and there was not adequate police security.
Kumaraswamy has been elected from the Mudigere seat thrice in 2004, 2008,
With increasing attacks by elephants and other animals on crops and
villagers, Mudigere taluk coffee growers president Balakrishna has sought
the Union Government's intervention to keep wild animals under control. He
also demanded a special task force to tackle the elephant menace.