Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day

by Wildlife Trust of India
Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day
Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day
Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day
Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day
Handing over cheques to families of Forest staff.
Handing over cheques to families of Forest staff.

Dear friend,

Hope you are doing well.

With this email, we are sharing with you the updates for the project “Thank our Forest guards this World Ranger Day”. Thank you so much for your generous contribution to this project and for believing in our work. We are so glad to have you as a part of our team.

In keeping with its long term commitment towards the welfare of frontline forest staff, WTI granted financial assistance as ex gratia support to the surviving family members of frontline forest staff who succumbed to injuries sustained while on duty.

Four of these brave men were from Kaziranga National Park, Assam.

Late Mr. Moheswar, a game watcher was injured while on patrolling duty on 30th Jan in the Eastern Range of Kaziranga National Park.

Late Mr. Sundhan died in a road accident while on duty at Deosur, NH 37 at Burapahar range, Ghorakhati on 2nd February.

Late Mr. Tipusaran, Forest Guard succumbed to rhino attack while on duty at the Pohubeel anti-poaching camp under Kaziranga range, Kohora on 17th February.

Late Mr. Jwel, working with Assam Forest Protection Force died in a road accident on 13th February while on duty at Rangalu.

The families of these brave men received an ex gratia support of INR 1 Lakh each on the 19th of March.

Ex gratia support was also given to Ms. Premlata whose son died due to an elephant attack while on patrolling duty at the Beriwada range, Rajaji National Park.

In a separate incident reported by the DFO, Panna tiger reserve, two frontline staff were grievously injured in an attack by timber mafia at North Panna Division of the tiger reserve. Mr. Chattrapal (beat guard) fractured both his legs, while Mr. Swamideen (forest worker) was badly injured after being attacked by an axe on his shoulder and legs. They were admitted to the Panna Govt hospital and are recuperating. Both of them received financial support as bank cheques handed over by WTI.

That’s all for today’s updates. We will soon get back to you and keep you posted on our work under the project. Till then, take care.

Warm regards,

Team WTI.

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Dear Patron,

Hope you have been well. 

First of all, thank you so much for your generous support towards our cause. In the reporting period, we provided ex-gratia support to the families of two frontline forest staff who unfortunately succumbed to animal attacks while on duty. 

The frontline forest staff are on a constant vigilance to protect India's forests and wildlife. Their job however is not easy. Attacks by wild animals, confrontation with poachers and accidents on duty often result in serious injuries and even death. To boost their morale and provide support to their families, Wildlife Trust of India pioneered a 'supplementary accident assurance scheme' in 2001. Through this scheme, we have been providing immediate ex-gratia (INR 1, 00, 000 or about USD 1,327) to the families of deceased or a lesser amount to the injured frontline staff. 

On 27th May, 2020, 50 year old, Mr Dhanna lost his life to a leopard attack while on duty. The heat of the summer led him and his two other colleagues to sleep outside in the open. This was when Mr. Dhanna was attacked by the leopard. He was serving as a watchman for the last 25 years in the Matkuli range of the Satpura Tiger Reserve. He is survived by his wife and three children who were his dependents. WTI provided supplementary accident insurance of INR 1, 00, 000/- to the family as a support during this difficult time. Mr Dhanna was an excellent ranger and was brilliant at identifying tiger pug marks. He will be missed by his team for his profound knowledge, experience and team spirit.  

In another incident, Mr. Bindeshwar, who was serving as a Range Officer in Panna Tiger Reserve, passed away on 14th August, 2020, after being attacked by an elephant. At the time of the attack, Mr. Bindeshwar was taking part in an operation to locate a tigress, whose collar had to be inspected. Mr Bindeshwar was trying to hand over a wireless handset to one of the staff who was sitting on top of a kumki elephant. The elephant however suddenly attacked Mr Bindeshwar. Despite all efforts to save him, he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. Mr. Bindeshwar is survived by his wife and a 22 year old son. WTI provided ex-gratia support of INR 1, 00, 000/- to his wife. Mr. Bindeshwar was a diligent officer working on Tiger reintroduction in Panna Tiger Reserve for the past eight years, and took part in tiger monitoring, tranquilising and rescue operations.

That's all for today's updates. Thank you once again for your support. We will keep sharing similar updates with you. Till then stay safe and take care.

Warm regards,

Team WTI    

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Location: Noida, Uttar Pradesh - India
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