The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), in a supervisory report on Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve in Gariyaband district of Chhattisgarh, has charged personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) with hunting wild animals and using firewood from the reserve forest area.
The report, which was compiled in October 2018 by the NTCA, further said the CRPF practice of clearing forest area with fire for setting up camp had damaged the core area. It said, the authorities should look at alternative practices to camp.
A senior NTCA officer, not authorised to speak to the media, on condition of anonymity said, “The information compiled in our report are based on inputs gathered by field officials during our visit and have been taken on record. It is also shared with the state government for action”.