A couple who began a nationwide 40000-kilometre motorcycle journey from Kolkata to create awareness about wildlife conservation and tiger protection reached Maharashtra’s Nagpur on Saturday.
While the journey since starting out from West Bengal on February 15 was pleasant and the people they met receptive, Ratindranath Das and his wife Gitanjali said they were mistaken for child-lifters in a village in Madhya Pradesh.
“We were going to Satpura Tiger Reserve in Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh. En route, we stopped near a tree to rest. A school boy alerted nearby villagers who thought we were child-lifters. They were threatening at first but we managed to convince them about our cause, after which they were apologetic and cooperative,” said Ratindranath, 43, a wildlife conservationist.