Saturday, August 08, 2009

Central team to study rebel-hit Simlipal

TNN 7 August 2009, 10:30pm IST

BARIPADA: A central team will study the situation prevailing at Simlipal Tiger Reserve after the Maoist attack in March over the next few days. A
four-member team of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will take up the five-day study.

The team is led by joint director (NTCA) S P Yadav. The other members are Suresh Mishra, M D Madhusudan and Bivash Pandav. The group said people, NGOs and forest dwellers can play an important role in protecting Simlipal, which is a national heritage site and help restore normalcy in the reserve.

"The need of the hour was to instill confidence among forest officials," a team member told different groups at the Salabani forest rest house on Friday afternoon.The team members visited Jenabil, Upper-Barha-Kamuda, Jamuna, Chahala, Joranda and other places where Maoists had gone on a rampage.

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