In a shocking incident in Nagarhole Forest Reserve, an elephant attack led to the death of the Director of the reserve. S Manikandan, IFS officer and director, Nagarhole forest reserve had visited the reserve to assess the area after a ravaging fire in the forest area. While there, an elephant charged at and gored him while he was talking on his mobile. The staff and officials were not carrying any weapons during this visit. Wildlife experts opine that this unfortunate situation could have been prevented if the ground staff had carried out certain protocol measures. There was no thorough perambulation of the fire-ravaged forest before the director’s visit, necessary to detect the presence of elephants in the aforesaid area. The rangers accompanying Mr Manikandan were not carrying any weapons and also fled away when the tusker charged its attack. The body was sent for postmortem and then brought to Aranya Bhavan, Mysuru for district officials to pay homage to their senior before his final journey.
– As Reported by Indian Express
SAEVUS regrets and mourns the passing away of S Manikandan, an inspirational leader and conservationist.
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