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Fight to bring ustad back is on ,
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Via – Ranveer Singh Gautam
Fight to bring ustad back is on ,
chandrapur is united for it ,
join us at jatpura gate chandrapur at 7 pm
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An activist has moved the Delhi high court to save a Ranthambore tiger, better known as Ustad, from losing his freedom over what he says are unproven charges of being a man-killer.
The male tiger believed to have killed four humans was shifted on Saturday from Ranthambore National Park to Sajjangarh Biological Park in Udaipur in a highly secretive move, drawing a sharp rebuke from the country’s highest tiger conservation body for alleged violation of standard operating procedure.
The eight-year-old tiger, officially known as number T-24, will be kept in captivity at Sajjangarh, forest department sources said.
A PIL filed on Ustad’s relocation by a wildlife enthusiast who visits Ranthambore every three months alleged the tiger had been wrongfully accused of being a man-eater without any evidence.
The decision to translocate Ustad was made “without scientific probe or investigation”, and in response to public pressure, it said.
Sources said the “hasty decision” to shift T-24 was taken under pressure from a lobby which has interests in the lucrative tourism business at the park, visited by more than 2.5 lakh people every year. The 392-square-km park, 170km from Jaipur, houses more than 55 tigers besides other exotic animals.
The tiger’s last human kill was on May 8 when it had mauled a forest guard, sources said, adding the lobby was apprehensive the big cat’s presence could lead to reduction in tourist footfall.
The PIL did not say Ustad was also accused of killing three other men: a 23-year-old man in 2010, and a 19-year-old boy and a forest official in March and October 2012, respectively.
“We neither received a preliminary report about the tiger’s behaviour nor any technical report recommending its shifting. The tiger shifting move is in violation of the SOP and not in the right spirit. We will study what course of action is to be taken in this case as there has been no precedent,” said Bishan Singh Bonal, member secretary of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
Deputy conservator of forest at Ranthambore, Sudarshan Sharma, said he was not aware whether any report was sent to the NTCA, while forest minister Raj Kumar Rinwa said he would look into alleged violation of SOP in the shifting process.
“This is the worst and most unfortunate incident that could happen in wildlife. Officials have tried to hide their lackadaisical attitude in monitoring tigers by simply shifting a healthy tiger,” said RN Mehrotra, former head of the forest department.
Former wildlife advisor Dr Raza Tehsin said the move to shift the tiger to an enclosure from an open habitat was not a right decision.
He said any animal would not attack an individual unless and until he/she was disturbed from a close distance.
At Sajjangarh, Ustad was moved in a cage packed with ice for the 530km journey. Ustad’s enclosure was previously occupied by a tiger called Monu who died of leptospirosis last month.
In a new home, Ustad refused to eat buffalo meat. Live bait is being considered by park authorities now.
Sources said Rajasthan minister for forest and wildlife Rajkumar Rinwa had claimed that he did not have any information on the decision to shift the tiger.
The minister had also claimed that he had constituted a committee to investigate the issue, sources said.
According to officials, the minister claimed that if the committee finds that the tiger was not responsible for the attacks, then it would be shifted back to the Ranthambore National Park.
In an act which tiger experts termed as ‘capital punishment without a fair trial’, the Rajasthan forest authorities on Saturday sent the Ranthambore tiger T-24 to Sajjangarh Biological Park in the outskirts of Udaipur, around 400 km away from his territory.
The move prompted a protest rally by tiger lovers and experts, who called it a black day in the history of wildlife, in Jaipur on Saturday evening.
The move is a U-turn from stand maintained by the government till Friday, when Minister of State for Forests Raj Kumar Rinwa said T-24 would not be shifted to a zoo or park till a committee of experts submitted a report on the matter. Rinwa had told MAIL TODAY that the committee would be set up after Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who was in New Delhi, returned to the state.
However, Rinwa was not taken into confidence before shifting T-24, also known as Ustaad. The minister did not take telephone calls on Saturday.
Ustaad was shifted to Sajjangarh by road after being tranquilised. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve’s field director Y.K. Sahu told the media that the wild cat was shifted on the basis of a report suggesting the same.
However, tiger expert Dhirendra Godha called the report as “bogus” as it was prepared by reserve’s officers under pressure from the tourism lobby.
Rajasthan’s former principal chief conservator of forests R.N. Mehrotra alleged that Ustaad would be kept in a cage in Sajjangarh without following the standard operating procedure as suggested by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
“The park was made out of a zoo during my tenure,” Mehrotra recalled. According to the NTCA, a big cat could be shifted to a zoo only after a detailed inquiry by a committee of well-known experts, as Rinwa had suggested. “No such detailed inquiry was conducted,” Mehrotra asserted.
T-24’s fate was uncertain after it killed forest guard Rampal Saini on May 8.
Via – Tiger Protection Society
The nine-year-long reign of Ranthambore’s tiger T-24 came to an abrupt end on Saturday. After blaming the big cat for killing a forest guard on May 8, an allegation which many wildlife activists believed had not been proved, the forest department abruptly shifted the tiger popularly known as Ustad to Udaipur’s Sajjangarh Biological Park, some 500 km from its territory in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
The tiger was tranquilized at around 10.30 am on Saturday and was then set on a nearly 11-hour-long journey to the biological park in a cage. The day temperature was hovering around 40 degree Celsius but ice was stocked and water was sprinkled in the cage to keep it cool for the big cat.
A team of 12 reserve officials and doctors accompanied the canter carrying the cage. The tiger’s territory that was spread over 30-40 square kilometer in Ranthambore will now be confined to an enclosure measuring nearly half-a-hectare in the biological park.
Forest officials moved the tiger claiming that it has killed four people in five years, lost fear of humans and become a man-killer.Wildlife activists and conservationists were shocked as they had been assured by the state government that T-24 wouldn’t be shifted without a proper enquiry. They are crying foul because they believe it was not proved if T-24 had killed forest guard Rampal Mali on May 8.
Some believed that it was T-72 who killed the guard but T-24 was blamed for the killing.In fact, a committee’s formation was underway to decide on the fate of T-24 but sources said bowing to a small but powerful section of hotel lobby in Ranthambore, a senior forest official abruptly decided to shift the tiger on Friday evening.
Sources even said the minister of state for forest and wildlife Rajkumar Rinwa who had promised to postpone the shifting and initiate an enquiry by forming a committee was kept in the dark as the chief minister’s office (CMO) had directly intervened.”We had been tracking the tiger since last night. After 9 am, T-24 was spotted in Magrad area in the reserve’s zone number 2 with tigress T-39, popularly known as Noor. T-24 has fathered two male cubs with Noor,” said a reserve official.
T-24 and T-39 were near a Sambar deer that one of them had killed. “T-24 was trying to scare away T-39. At around 9.15 am, T-39 strode away. Different teams of officials surrounded the tiger. Dr Rajeev Garg, a veterinarian, tranquilized the tiger at around 10.30 am. It drifted into unconsciousness an hour later. It was then put into a cage,” said the officer.
The officer added that at around 1 pm, the canter carrying the cage left the reserve for Sajjangarh Biological Park. The shifting of the tiger was kept as a low key affair to the extent that even the Sajjangarh Biological Park officials had not been intimidated about the shift officially till afternoon.”T-24 had killed forest guard Rampal Mali on May 8.
The next day we were told to be prepared for the shift of the tiger to Sajjangarh. We were prepared but we didn’t receive any order from Jaipur authorities or from Ranthambore National Park on Saturday. If it comes, it would be kept in an enclosure,” said T Mohan Raj, deputy conservator of forest.
Sources said reserve officials had not sought any permission from Nation Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). “We don’t require permission. The chief wildlife warden can authorize the relocation,” said a forest official.
Nine-year-old T-24, that ruled Ranthambore as the largest tiger here, has attracted tourists from all over the world and never disappointed them. He was often clicked sitting on roads, near hotels and the Ganesh temple.Other than the guard, the tiger was blamed for killing 23-year-old Ghamandi Lal Saini on July 3, 2010, a 19-year-old boy in March 2012 and an assistant forester in October 2012.
Ustad’s reign ends
Ranthambore’s tiger T-24, popularly knows as Ustad, is has been shifted to Udaipur’s Sajjangarh Biological ParkForest officials moved the tiger claiming that it has killed four people in five years, lost fear of humans and become a man-killer
Wildlife activists and conservationists are shocked at the move as they had been assured by the state government that T-24 wouldn’t be shifted without a proper enquiryThe tiger was tranquilized at 10.30 am on Saturday and was then set on a nearly 11-hour-long journey to the biological park in a cage
A team of 12 reserve officials and doctors accompanied the canter carrying the cage
The tiger’s territory, that was spread over 30-40 square km in Ranthambore, will now be confined to an enclosure measuring nearly half-a-hectare
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Via – Greatcatsofthe”World” My heart is broken for you Beautiful Beautiful Wild Majestic USTAD (T-24) What a terrible injustice that has been brought down on you. All you were guilty of was wanting to be left alone….Now you face prison for the rest of your life, and your family is left unprotected….All because of those certain people who felt they were more important then you and your home was….. No words for this …just broken hearted………… Image USTAD via Archna Singh
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very sad day for wild lover . one side design for T-24 . And a poor T-24 tiger suffers because of some nonsense report and political issue t-24 on way of zoo
Sorry to anounce that T.24 has been removed from forest area in Ranthambhore..He has gone to zoo.. 😦
The famous T -24 known as Ustad has been removed from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and shifted to a Zoo
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Bad news, they have moved him to sajjangarh .just a few minutes back .moving in a truck in this heat .cant elite more ,I am in tears.
IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT TIGER (T-24) USTAD OF RANTHAMBHORE TIGER RESERVE (INDIA) WILL BE SENTENCED TO A LIFE OF IMPRISONMENT ALL BECAUSE HE WAS ACTING LIKE A WILD TIGER IN HIS TERRITORY….NOT ONLY WILL THIS AFFECT HIM FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE, IT ALSO LEAVES HIS FAMILY UNPROTECTED. THIS PAGE WILL BE POSTING CONTINUING POSTS OF USTAD TO KEEP THE PRESSURE UP. A TERRIBLE INJUSTICE HAS BEEN MADE…ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WITH HUMANS PLAYING GOD TO THE ANIMALS OF IT’S FOREST……..I ASK FROM ALL OF YOU THAT YOU SHARE ANY POST CONCERNING HIM TO HELP SPREAD HIS WORD. HE NEEDS YOU TO KEEP HIS STORY ALIVE………AMEN AND THANK YOU X ~ Greatcatsofthe”World”
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What does it take to be T-24…???
T-24/ Ustaad had been made notorious by human being, due to his involvement in accidents/incidents where human lives were lost. We all know it very well, if those cases were analyzed in detail, we come down to one and pinpoint reason that the physical distance between an animal like wild tiger and human being on foot was not respected. Moreover it should be noted that the tiger was surprised by presence of human being so close to him. He had not killed and consumed the human flesh. We all know it very well and also seen it so many times, that tigers do not like human being. Especially on foot. Over the years of tourism and tiger-human co-existence, many tigers have become tolerant for the safari vehicles and people onboard. Generally, whenever the tigers see the human being on foot, the first reaction of the tiger is to get away from the scene. I have myself seen this with Sultan (T-72), Romeo (T-6), Krishna (T-19), T-73 and T74. They had seen guards on foot on patrol and changed the path they were following and went the other way. I also have a video of sultan doing so. Tiger here do not have a habit of attacking human being for no reason. Moreover, in the latest case of Ustaad where the tragic death of respected Rampal jee was the final result, Ustaad (T-24) was surprised by his presence at a considerably close distance to him. If it was some other tiger in place of ustaad, we cant expect much different result. This is attack was in defense of himself. It was never intentional from T-24.
The tragic fact about T-24 is that his prime and buffer territory has medium to high human social activity with Fort and the Ganesh temple being in his territory. There are hundreds and hundreds of people walking on foot every day to the fort and temple, who have seen Ustaad/T-24 doing a territorial walk and ignoring the presence of human being. This number goes to thousands especially on Wednesday. He just ignores and walks his way. He has never attacked even a single person here. I myself have spent more than 90 minutes at a distance of less than 10 feet with Ustaad(T-24). On one occassion he was accompanied with his semi Adult cub Sultan(T-72) just less than 24 months old, at same distance from us. But in our case, it was not us who went close to him. We had stopped at about more than 30-40 feet away from him when we saw him coming. It was Ustaad (T24) who came close to us with ease and being in his comfort he sat down at that distance. He never showed any type of charging or aggressive behavior. This is not the only incident where I have been at close distance to him. I am sure he is very tolerant to human being and he passes this knowledge to his next generations.
If at all, we decide to keep T-24/ustaad in captivity after the latest incident, we will risk lives of Noor(T-39) his sole mate and two of their latest litter. These male cubs are not yet even complete semi Adult. Absence of T-24 will keep this area vacant and invite other males to be dominant in the same area. This will only be a competition for the resident tigers i.e. Noor and her present cubs. It will be highly difficult for these cubs to make it to adulthood. They will be at highest risk here. If a tiger like Ustaad is kept under captivity he won’t even survive there. Being very aggressive and angry he will obviously injure himself in the cage making it further difficult to handle an individual like him. He wont survive being in cage.
Ustaad is Just a tiger, a dominant male tiger. He is the one who should be respected, taken care. He has given birth to beautiful male tiger like Sultan, raised him to full adulthood. His second litter who are still young, also look healthy and as beautiful as Noor(T-39) and Ustaad(T-24). They are on right track of their progress. Noor (T39) has started leaving the cubs alone for longer times when out for a kill. The cubs are doing wonderful for their survival. We are seeing successful bringing up of two more healthy tigers in our very own jungle. Ustaad and Noor together, are the crucial tigers for the increase in tiger numbers in our forests. They are still in their complete prime and we expect some more tigers from them. The Forest of Ranthambore in india’s pride. It has a global recognition. Removing a dominant male tiger that too yet in his prime… out of the jungle and putting him in captivity is definitely not a solution in this case.
The real solution is very very well known. A Human being needs to keep distance with a tiger. A distance at which a tiger is comfortable and not human being. The sad part is there is no answer to the question…. What comes first..?? life of a human being or a life of a tiger..??? The world today being dominated by human being, puts human life on priority which is absolutely not wrong but in this case there are definitely better solutions than putting a tiger like Ustaad/T-24 in captivity…..
We all request our forest authorities to consider our points before taking any drastic decisions in this case.
We all put our hands together and request you….. let Ustaad be Ustaad…