BENGALURU: A medical practitioner attempted to 'poison' a tree outside his house compound only to ensure that there is a good view for his building.
Dr Narendra, a resident of RR Nagar near Double Road, drilled holes in the tree trunk, measuring up to four inches and reportedly filled them with poison.
A local who was passing by during the incident informed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) forest cell which filed an FIR against him under Karnataka Tree Preservation Act, 1976.
Really sad to see this! Doctor from RR nagar drilled more than 40 holes and injected acid into a 20-year-old tree inorder to kill it, for visibility of entire elevation of his newly constructed house— iffathfathima (@iffathfathima6) November 6, 2019
Tree doctor @vijayvruksha treated it and hopes it recovers @XpressBengaluru pic.twitter.com/2ilza6xhkd
Rajkumar J G, Member of Pachashila Block Resident Welfare Association said the doctor thought that the tree was obstructing the view to his building and this led him to drill holes in the trunk.
When questioned, the accused reasoned that the tree was spelling breathing troubles for him.
The BBMP forest cell officials while stating that the tree Terminalia Arjuna, does not cause any health problems have assured the locals that the accused will not be spared.
Meanwhile, city-based environmental activist Vijay Nishanth was pressed into service to treat the tree.