Oppn MLAs take out march to Forest Minister A K Saseendran’s residence

Leader of Opposition V D Satheesan said that the LDF government has neither bothered to pay compensation nor implemented any steps to mitigate wildlife attacks.
UDF legislators from hilly areas led a protest march from the Legislative Assembly to the official residence of the forest minister alleging ineptitude in handling the man-animal conflict in Wayanad.
UDF legislators from hilly areas led a protest march from the Legislative Assembly to the official residence of the forest minister alleging ineptitude in handling the man-animal conflict in Wayanad.Photo | Vincent Pulickal

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: UDF MLAs representing hilly areas took out a protest march from the assembly to the official residence of Forest Minister A K Saseendran against his alleged ineptitude in handling man-animal conflict in Wayanad. Inaugurating the march, Leader of Opposition V D Satheesan blamed the government for not taking steps to address wild animals’ incursions into human habitations and farmlands.

Satheesan alleged that over the last nine months, 85 people lost their lives in wildlife attacks. He said that the LDF government has neither bothered to pay compensation nor implemented any steps to mitigate wildlife attacks.

“A situation has come where the people of Wayanad are unable to venture out from their homes. Still, the minister in charge of Wayanad, Saseendran, is showing laxity. The state government has sanctioned Rs 48 crore towards wildlife mitigating measures,” said Satheesan, adding the money was not enough to put up even an electric fencing.

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