To,Principal SecretaryForestChhattisgarhReg: Requesting to release elephant from Chirchari, Rajnandgaon into the wild.Sir,As you know few months ago a sub adult tusker separated from its herd and travelled across 6 forest divisions (Korba,Katghora, Bilaspur, Kabeerdham , Khairagarh and Rajnandgaon) covering a distance of more than 300 km throughcontinuous forest patches without causing harm to any human being or agriculture but unfortunately when it had reachedRajnandgaon district, it killed an old woman on 12
July 2013. Following the incident the elephant has been captured andhas been kept in captivity in Chirchari Forest depot in Rajnandgaon District since 13
July 2013You are already aware that in regions where there are no elephants are present any such incident would create more panicamong people than regions where there is regular human-elephant conflict. We believe that this case in Rajnandgaondistrict is also similar in nature. i.e. capturing an elephant which does not have any history of conflict when there is noeffort taken in solving wide spread human-elephant conflict across Chhattisgarh which is resulting in massive damages to people, property and the animal itself, is not a good strategy and leads to wasting public resource.We would like to bring your kind attention towards the recent protests in Dharamjaigarh, where people have beendemanding a safe passage for elephants to safe guard their livelihood and lives.We have documented the condition of the elephant in July, August and September. We observed that elephant is beingkept under bad living conditions and the capacity of the staff who are involved in training of the animal is alsoquestionable. The elephant also under severe stress when we visited and is loosing weight drastically (see pics attached).We kindly urge you to relocate the elephant to its original place and invest our money and efforts where it matters.
We are also attaching details on some cases where the elephants have been successfully relocated from other states foryour kind attention.Sincerely,Alok Prakash PutulJournalistMIG A-1, Chandela Nagar, Ring Road-2, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh firstname.lastname@example.org +91 9826020625CC:1.
Chief Secretary, Chhattisgarh.2.
Director, Project Elephant, MoEF, Government of India.3.
PCCF (WL) & CWLW, Chhattisgarh.