The Left Democratic Front (LDF) district committee will stage a fast in front of the Collectorate here on Saturday demanding security to the life and property of villagers living on the fringes of forests from wild-animal attacks.

The committee will also demand that the reported move to declare the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary as a tiger reserve be reconsidered.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, LDF district convener K.V. Mohanan said that though man-animal conflicts had increased manifold in villages on forest fringes, the officials concerned were yet to take steps to address the issue. Many a time, the officials failed to provide adequate compensation to villagers for cattle-lifting or crop raids by wild animals. Moreover, the authorities were yet to set up power-fencing or dig trenches to prevent wild-animal attacks, he said.

The LDF was not against protecting wildlife, but it should not hamper the peaceful life of the villagers, Mr. Mohanan added.

Mean while, M.I. Shanavas, MP, said in a release here that an emergency meeting of the representatives of three-tier local bodies, MLAs, and top officials of various departments would be held at the Collectorate conference hall here at 5.45 p.m. on Saturday to discuss the issues. It would be presided over by Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Tribes P.K. Jayalakshmi, he added.

  • Demands villagers’ safety from wild-animal attacks

  • Wants adequate compensation for loss suffered