NEW DELHI – Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Nartarjan on Monday asked Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to take action against the people who recently tried to burn a bear alive in a village at Shopian district. The Minister also announced setting up of a primary response team to quickly deal with the increasing incidents of bear-human conflict in the state, PTI news agency reported today.
She termed as “extremely shocking” the last week’s incident in which locals attempted to burn the bear alive in Mohammadpora village, some 60 km from Srinagar. “Strict action should be taken against those who are involved in the incident. I am going to write to the Chief Minister. Those who are involved in the incident should be punished,” Natarajan told reporters at the sidelines of International Bear Conservation Conference in New Delhi.
She said that the people could be easily identified from the video which showed the frightened bear climbing up a tree hurriedly and struggling frantically to save itself as a person among the crowd tied a flaming cloth to a pole and tried to poke the animal.
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