NHRC notice to Tamil Nadu over wild animals in village

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New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The NHRC on Thursday issued notice to Tamil Nadu over lack of protective measures by the authorities against wild animals straying into villages, and killing people and damaging crops.

Learning about the issue after receiving complaints, the National Human Rights Commission said wild animals were straying into inhabited areas, in villages and towns near the forest areas of the Nilgiris, and have been killing people and damaging crops. There has been no protective measures by the concerned authorities, it said.

“The commission can very well understand the miserable plight of the populace in the affected areas (who) are living with the dangers of attacks by the wild animals. The authorities cannot afford to be mute spectators in such circumstances,” it said.

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Accordingly, the commission issued notice to the chief conservator of forests and district collector of the Nilgiris demanding a report in eight weeks.

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