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We need to protect forests for our survival: Top cop Dr Chandragupta

Mysuru, September 11:- “We need forests for our survival. Yes, forests can live without us but we can’t live without them.” How true it is. Mysuru City Commissioner of Police Dr Chandragupta’s comment on Friday (September 11) should come as an awakening call for all of us.

The top cop was talking to the media on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day held at the Aranya Bhavan in the city.

Every year, the Forest Department observes September 11 as Martyrs’ Day as a tribute to all those killed while on duty. Dr Chandragupta became emotional when he spoke of former DCF S Manikandan who was trampled to death by an elephant. “Manikandan was a man with principles. He will guide us in future as well. Manikandan and I worked in Ballari and fought to protect the natural resources there. I feel very proud when I think of the sacrifices he made for the department.”

Dr Chandragupta continued, “Though many of them have been martyred, I still feel they are with us. They sacrificed their lives for the sake of the human race. Millions of years back, man used to live in forests and no one wonder they say the forest is man’s first cradle. With the changing times, forests are getting neglected. We need forests to survive.”

The Police Commissioner added, “When we realise the importance of forests that are crucial for man, birds and animals, we need to protect them. We need to develop this attitude right from our childhood and also ask others to follow it. Only then, can we think of paying tributes to our martyrs. Let us all tread the right path laid by our martyrs.”

Dr Chandragupta also recalled former DCFs Jagat Ram, Manikandan, M Mahesh and Shivakumar’s contribution to tiger conservation. He paid floral tributes to 50 martyrs of the Forest Department. “They all died while on duty. Their sincerity and commitment should help us in future.”

Guns salutes were given as a tribute to martyrs on the occasion.

DCFs Dr K C Prashanth, M C Alexander, P Sridhar, A T Poovaiah, K Suresh, Puttamadegowda, Kalegowda, Boregowda and Mahadev were present. (MR/KS)

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