Mysuru, September 11:- The officials and staffs of the Forest Department of Mysuru Division observed the Forest Martyrs’ Day by paying floral tributes and gun salute to the martyrs at Aranya Bhavan at Ashokapuram here on Tuesday.
The Forest Department observes Martyrs’ Day every year on September 11 to remember the forest officials who have sacrificed their lives to protect the forest and wildlife. It also marks the death anniversary of Deputy Conservator of Forests Srinivas, who was beheaded by forest brigand Veerappan in 1991.
Deputy Conservator of Forests and director of Nagarhole Tiger Reserve S Manikandan died following an attack by an elephant at Nagarahole Reserve Forest on March 3 this year. Government of India has awarded him with Elephant Warrior award of 2018. Government is working for the development of forest officers. A committee has been formed to observe the Forest Martyrs’ Day. Funds collected by the committee will be used for the welfare of the families of the martyrs,” said Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) Jagath Ram after receiving the guard of honour from parade commander.
Volley firing was held in memory of the martyrs.
Chief Conservator of Forests Mysuru Division S S Venkatesan, Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests Mysuru Division Dr K T Hanumanthappa, DCF Sidramappa, executive director of Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens Ajit Kulkarni, Bhanuprakash, Sridhar, A T Poovaiah and others were present. (GK, NGB)