Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Thursday, Jun 16, 2011
ePaper | Mobile/PDA Version
Google



Karnataka

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary |

Karnataka Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

‘Why this discrimination?'

Sathish G.T.

Ire over slow official response to Vanajakshi's death



Uncertain: Relatives of Mallesh wait outside his house for word on his health. Mallesh was injured in an elephant attack in Sakleshpur taluk on Wednesday.

Sakleshpur (Hassan district): The deaths of Vanajakshi at Edakere on Tuesday, and Renuka Swamy in Mysore on June 8, may have occurred in a similar manner. However, their deaths did not elicit similar responses.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa did not show any urgency haste in announcing compensation to the family of Vanajakshi, who was trampled by an elephant, nor did Minister for Forests C.H. Vijayashankar rush to her residence to console the bereaved family.

In Mysore

But when two wild elephants strayed into Mysore, the State Government responded swiftly. Mr. Yeddyurappa announced Rs. 5 lakh compensation from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to the next of kin of Swamy and Mr. Vijayashankar assured the family of a government job.

“Why wasn't there a similar response from the Government to Vanajakshi's death?” said T.R Chandru, a resident of Edakere. When this correspondent went to Vanajakshi's house on Wednesday, family members were waiting for the body after post-mortem. H.K Kumaraswamy, Sakleshpur MLA, visited her family on learning of her death and Deputy Conservator of Forests Ambadi Madhav handed over a cheque for Rs. 3.5 lakh to her family.

Mr. Vijayashankar could not be contacted over telephone. Instead, his staff said the Government would soon issue an order increasing the compensation for Vanajakshi's family to Rs. 5 lakh.

Residents of villages in Sakaleshpur taluk are agitated because though the Government is aware of the attacks, it has not taken action to capture the wild elephants.

Even on Wednesday there was another elephant attack. Mallesh (55), a resident of Kumbarageri in Sakleshpur taluk, was walking to work when an elephant attacked him. He suffered serious injuries and is being treated at a private hospital in Hassan.

Road blockade

Residents of Sakleshpur taluk, led by the former MLA H.M Vishwanath, blocked traffic on the national highway connecting Sakleshpur and Mangalore for over an hour on Wednesday protesting against the Government's inaction.

Addressing the protesters, Mr. Vishwanath alleged that the then JD(S)-BJP coalition government decided to relocate the elephants. But the BJP Government had not bothered to implement it.

“How many people should die to attract the Government's attention?” he asked.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



Karnataka

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | The Hindu ePaper | Business Line | Business Line ePaper | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Ergo | Home |

Copyright 2011, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu