Barbed wires along the Gorakhpur nuclear power plant and farms in Fatehabad, which are a death trap for unsuspecting blackbucks, are yet to be removed, though Fatehabad deputy commissioner (DC) Saket Kumar had ordered for their removal in August this year.
Nearly three months after the DC's order, two blackbucks and a blue bull have been hunted down by wild dogs after they were caught in the wires, claimed Vinod Kaswara, Fatehabad head of non-government organisation (NGO) People for Animals (PFA).
For the removal of the barbed wires, the All-India Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha had filed a petition before the National Green Tribunal, which had then ordered for the removal of the wires installed by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).
Soon after, Fatehabad DC Saket Kumar had, in a meeting in August, ordered district forest officer (DFO) Shakti Singh to remove barbed wire fencing along farms and nuclear plant. Contacted, the DFO said that they had removed all the barbed wires of the NPCIL. "But we have not removed the ones on farmers' land. We are not legally empowered to do so," he said. "We did communicate it to them, though."
Rameshwar Delu, state president of All-India Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha, which had protested to demand the removal of wires, said the administration was not helping them protect wildlife. "What can we do when the government is not ready to help?" he said.
Kaswara, meanwhile, said farmers, too, had put up barbed wires to protect their crops. "But they need to remove the wires in order to protect wildlife. The wires are dangerous as wild dogs often prey on animals that get stuck in the barbed wires," he said.
If not taken care of in time, deaths because of the barbed wires are expected to grow, as December is blackbuck's breeding season.