Valpoi: Expressing displeasure over the failure of the Forest Department officials in locating the bison allegedly responsible for the death of two locals namely Jayanti Gaonkar and Poojan Melekar, Sattari villagers on Monday complained to the local MLA and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, who assured them to look into the matter.
Rane was in the area to inaugurate the Kadamba bus service, which was a long pending demand of the locals. The villagers alleged that the combing operation carried out in the villages was just an eye wash to allay the locals’ fears.
It may be recalled that following the death of Melekar, the villagers had demanded that the authorities relocate the bison in the area.
Subsequently, forest officials carried out a combing operation but have been unsuccessful in locating the animal.
“We had to walk the long distance daily from our village to the main bus stand to meet out transportation needs and while walking along the road there was a fear of animal attacks. The Kadamba bus service was a long pending demand in Guleli panchayat. And now after the death of two villagers due to bison attacks, the Government has finally woken up, said Diptesh Naik, a villager.
Rane said, “Now people need not walk from Maigine to Guleli because their bus service demand has been fulfilled. The bus service will start from 6.30 am from the village via Guleli to Ponda and will return at 3 pm to facilitate school going children and people employed in the Government as well as private sector.” [H]