Madhya Pradesh to have special tiger protection force soon

Updated on May 29, 2009 03:16 PM IST

The Madhya Pradesh government will soon set up a special force to protect the tiger reserves in the state, a forest department official said Friday.

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IANS | By, Bhopal

The Madhya Pradesh government will soon set up a special force to protect the tiger reserves in the state, a forest department official said Friday.

"The Special Tiger Protection Force will be set up in the state following the directives of the NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority)," the official quoted Minister of State for Forests Rajendra Shukla as saying. Shukla conducted a high-level meeting of state forest officials here Thursday.

The dedicated force would be deployed in the Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench national parks of the state.

"Shukla has also directed to speed up the process of bringing one male tiger to Panna Tiger Reserve for breeding purposes. He also stressed upon the need for paying more attention to wildlife conservation," he said.

Each platoon of the special tiger protection force will be headed by a deputy superintendent of police-rank officer and will have one sub-inspector, six head constables and 30 constables.

The official said that Shukla also directed the state forest department to take stringent action against poachers.

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