Thiruvananthapuram: A watcher belonging to the scheduled tribes who was a part of the team which left for investigating the loss of two sandal trees from the 52nd block of Marayoor two days ago passed away according to a message received from the team’s wireless in the Bandar wireless stations. Authorities said the team was stranded due to inclement weather. Forest Minister Benoy Viswom announced an emergency relief of Rs 5000 to the watcher’s family.

— Special Correspondent