The entire forest was engulfed in flames when the invading farmer started the fire to burn off the smoke.
A fire broke out in the Bhanuskhindi Protected Forest in the Bhanuskhindi Sanctuary in the core area of the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Project, completely destroying 24 hectares of forest. Kisan Sadashiv Jambhule (58) from Mauja Wayagaon (Bhoyar) set fire to a dhure dam in an invaded field. The forestry department arrested Jambhule for burning the Bhanuskhindi forest. This is the first time that the Tadoba Protected Forest has been burned in this way.
The district has a hot summer. Mercury heat has reached 46.8 degrees Celsius. As a result, a large amount of forest is being planted in Tadoba and the surrounding forests. In some places, the forest has been reduced to ashes. However, due to one person’s mistake, a fire broke out in the Bhanuskhindi Protected Forest of the Tadoba project and destroyed 24 hectares of forest. While patrolling the Tadoba Forest Range in the Tadoba Dark Tiger Project (Core) area, the fire was observed to be raging in the Bhanuskhindi Protected Forest in the Bhanuskhindi area. Subsequently, officers and staff arrived at the scene in time and the fire was brought under control in time. After that, the Forest Department launched a search operation for an unidentified person who started the fire. However, shocking information came to light that a total of 24 hectares of forest in the Bhanuskhindi Protected Forest in the Bhanuskhindi area adjacent to his farm had been burned due to the fire.
Jambhule was informed in a letter dated March 22 by the forestry office to inform interested forestry workers as they burned the ashes and dams in the field. However, the defendant has deliberately tried to destroy the forest and wildlife sanctuaries by setting the forest on fire. Therefore, the defendant Jambhule was arrested under the Wildlife (Protection) Act. Subsequently, the accused was brought before the court and placed in judicial custody. Tadoba Forestry Field Officer Satish Shende, Area Assistant SM Nannavare, Area Assistant Vs. D. Kamatkar and PR Ranger Kosurkar Ranger and other staff together. Further investigations are underway under the direction of Assistant Ranger Khore.