Now, gamekeepers

The report, “Vidiyal heralds a new dawn: poachers turn protectors in Vidiyal” (March 4), took me down memory lane, having been involved in the reformation of poachers. As the then circle inspector of Gudalur, I lent support to the Kerala Forest Ranger, Raju Francis, in holding multiple parleys with poachers to surrender and accept their reformation programme. When we reached the goal and a “surrender ceremony” was organised in Thekkady, all went well till the point when the poachers refused to board the forest vehicle apprehending arrest in Kerala. It took me a while to convince them and vouch for their safe return. I even accompanied them to the ceremony. There were some hiccups following recidivism noticed among a few members. But, overall, the scheme is worth emulation by all forest departments.

M.X.B. Stanley,


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