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Forest officials book PFA activist under Wildlife Act

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BANGALORE: A senior official of the People for Animal (PFA) has been booked for possessing, transporting and releasing of wildlife without proper permission of the Forest Department and unauthorised use of land near the Turahalli Gudda Reserve Forests at Kengeri on Thursday.

Deputy Conservator of Forests (Bangalore Urban) A.M. Annaiah, who is the Deputy Wildlife Warden, told The Hindu that PFA senior manager R. Sharath Babu has been booked for the violations of various provisions of Wildlife Act, Karnataka Forests Act and Karnataka Preservation of Trees Act. He said his department would file an FIR shortly.

The Forest Department officials took note of violations during a routine visit, Mr. Annaiah said. "The jurisdictional officer had to be informed about possessing, transporting and releasing wildlife, which was not done in this case.

The PFA (is also guilty of) unauthorised used of land with in 100 metres from the boundary of Turahalli Gudda Reserve Forest."

Mr. Sharath Babu told The Hindu that Mr. Annaiah, accompanied by 35 Forest Department personnel, arrived at the PFA premises around 2.30 p.m. on Thursday and grilled the office-bearers for over five hours for sheltering the wild animals.

At present, the PFA shelter in Kengeri harbours several wildlife species including tortoise, mongoose, snakes, squirrels, monkeys, parakeets, kites and others.

Mr. Sharath Babu said the PFA rescues, rehabilitates and releases the animals into the forests after obtaining permission from the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF). Over the last 10 years, PFA has rescued and sheltered 192 species of animals, he added.

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