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Implement order to set up tiger protection force: HC

HT Legal Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, September 18, 2012
First Published: 12:04 IST(18/9/2012) | Last Updated: 12:09 IST(18/9/2012)

Taking a serious note of the death of tigers in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Lakhimpur district, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court has directed strict implementation of its order of considering constitution of a special tiger protection force. The directive was issued to the union and the state governments.

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The bench of acting chief justice Amitav Lala and justice Anil Kumar passed the order on a public interest litigation. The order to consider constitution of the special force should be implemented strictly and at the earliest, otherwise action would be taken against authorities concerned, the court said. The bench  granted three weeks to the parties to file their response and listed the matter for  hearing thereafter.

The petitioner Satish Kumar Mishra has sought a direction for stern action against poachers and the forest mafia in connection with the death of three tigers within four days at Dudhwa in June last.  The court also took cognisance of the fact that though the earlier order was issued on June 1, in between one more tiger had died.  On June 1, a bench comrpising senior judge justice Uma Nath Singh and justice VK Dixit  sought information from the centre and the state government, as well as director of the Tiger Protection authority, that why constitution of the force should not be considered.

(with PTI inputs)

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