At the Harike bird sanctuary, fish mafia has opened its jaws. The mafia goons on Monday attacked forest officials in the range office at Makhu and took away two motorcycles, one of which belonged to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) research team.
The attack was in response to the forest department action to curb illegal fishing, divisional forest officer Sanjeev Tiwari has stated. A short while before, forest officials had raided Marrar village in the sanctuary’s jurisdiction and caught a man, Ran Mangal, from a vehicle loaded with fish, fishing net, and forest wood. Four of Mangal’s accomplices escaped.
The officials took the man and the vehicle to the range office and registered a case under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and Indian Forest Act of 1927. Nearly 15 goons then barged into the office, attacked the staff, and took away two motorcycles, including one that belonged to Shanwas, a research fellow on the WWF team.
The wildlife officials have reported the matter to the police. It wasn’t the first mafia attack on them. Even Tiwari was been assaulted before for standing up to the land, forest, and illegal fishing mafia, who are after the wetland’s rich resources.