RANCHI: Anand Kumar, who is on an indefinite hunger strike
to protest against corruption in the forest department, is facing
threat to his life; the forest ranger said quoting special branch
“Police officers have been deployed for my security.
The special branch has said I am facing security threat,” said Kumar,
who is also an RTI activist and had received crucial documents on
alleged corrupt practices in the department.
Kumar sat on
hunger strike on March 25 in front of the governor’s house. Police had
to forcefully lift him from the place on Friday.
Jharkhand forest officers of selling 1.25 lakh hectares of land in
Palamu and embezzlement in various schemes and also held them
responsible for the vanishing of 123 tigers from Palamu Tiger Reserve
since 1973. He claimed that he has all documents to back his words.
“The officers have given more than 1.25 lakh forest land to various
industries, builders and other mining agencies,” said Kumar, who was
transferred 17 times in a career of 20 years. The man has disclosed the
irregularities after which senior forest officers had also conducted
“I was forced to call upon the advisor to the governor, Madhukar Gupta with complete documents.
An inquiry has been ordered into the irregularities,” he added.
The vanishing of big cats in Palamu tiger reserve is the prime issue
which the forest ranger, who has already tendered his resignation, is
championing. “The state forest department
is not paying any heed to the vanishing tigers. The department has done
nothing for the conservation of tigers in PTR. The posts of junior
officers are lying vacant,” said Kumar.
He quoted documents obtained through RTI said a total of 123 tigers have vanished from PTR since 1973.
Kumar had written a letter to Union environment and forest minister Jayanthi Natarajan and the Prime Minister’s office. “A team from National Tiger Conservation Authority
(NTCA) was asked to visit the tiger reserve here and submit a report by
the ministry. The NTCA authorities had expressed concerns on the poor
conditions. But nothing has happened so far,” said Kumar.
Doctors attending to Kumar at RIMS said his health is deteriorating and needed medical supervision for some time.