Strict action against those who trespass Kurumbachi hills: Kerala Forest Minister

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Babu showing the spot where he was trapped for 43 hours before being rescued by the Indian Army. Photo: Jins Michael

Kozhikode: Kerala Forest Minister A K Saseendran has said that action will be taken against trespassers at Malampuzha's Kurumbachi Hill in the Palakkad district, where Cherad native R Babu had been trapped for around 43 hours before being rescued by the Indian Army.

“Though Babu had violated the law, we decided not to harass him for the time being. But taking advantage of this, more people are trying to go there. No leniency will be shown to anyone, strict action will be taken,” the Minister explained.

Another youth, a native of Anakkal, had climbed the Kurumbachi hill the other day and was found by midnight. Responding to the incident of youth entering the area again, the Forest Minister said that the law will take its own course.

“Will look into whether there are any exemptions for tribespeople. More checks will be carried out in the area. Civil defence force and rapid response teams will also be deployed,” Saseendran added. The Minister has also said that an expert committee has been constituted to submit a report on the action to be taken here. The committee has been directed to submit the report within a week.

Meanwhile, Minister Saseendran on Monday will visit the spot at Kannankuzhi in Athirappilly where a five-year-old girl, Agnimiya, had died in wild elephant attack.

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