Activist moves SHRC

Madikeri: M.B. Prabhu, a social activist, who works for the welfare of tribal people in the Nagarahole National Park, which straddles Mysore and Kodagu districts, has submitted a petition to the Chairman of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, S.R. Nayak, alleging torture by officials and staff of the Forest Department to “wreak vengeance” against him. It was a gross violation of human rights, he said seeking justice from the Commission.

In the petition, a copy of which was made available to The Hindu here on Wednesday, Mr. Prabhu, who runs the Indian Institute of Tribal Education, a non-governmental organisation in the park, alleged that he was arrested by the forest officials and staff at Hunsur on October 15, 2009 on flimsy grounds.

He said that they victimised him because he had sought information from the officials under the RTI Act and drawn the attention of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) on the alleged illegal sand extraction, poaching, tree felling, elephant menace, unnatural death of tigers in the park, corruption in the rehabilitation of the tribal people, vacancies in various ranges of the park and non-transparency in the Forest Conservation Act.

Mr. Prabhu has named nine persons, all working in the Hunsur Wildlife Division in the park.

 -The Hindu

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