“There is a need for forest officials to inculcate the ideologies of martyrs in their profession,” said Principal District and Sessions Judge Mohan Sripad Sankolli here this morning.

He was speaking at the National Forest Martyrs Day jointly organised by Mysore Forest Circle, Mysore Division and Forest Department at Aranya Bhavan in Ashokapuram here.

Judge Sankolli added that remembering people who laid down their lives while executing their work should not be restricted to Martyrs Day alone but should be remembered every day.

He also gave a call to stop destruction of nature and said that there should be a balance between the nature and development.

Urging the families of the martyrs not to lose hope, he asked Forest Department officials to build a sense of confidence among the family members of martyrs.

Speaking on the occasion, SP Abhinav Khare said that many forest guards, officials and others had laid down their lives owing to brutalities of Veerappan. The Government should take drastic measures to curb the naxal menace, he said.

Prior to this, the Forest Department personnel fired three rounds of bullets in the air as a mark of respect for martyrs. The guests also paid floral tributes to the martyrs memorial.

Deputy Conservator of Forests D.S. Gaonkar said that the National Forest Martyrs Day was being observed every year on Sept.11 to remember those who laid down their lives while at work. This apart, the Department also remembers late Srinivas, Deputy Conservator Forest, who was slain by Veerappan. Srinivas was later posthumously awarded Keerti Chakra by Government of India. Sept. 11 happens to be the death anniversary of Srinivas.

Addl. Principal Chief Conservators of Forest (APCCFs) R. Suresh and C. Srinivasan, APCCF- Elephant Project R. Udaykumar, Zoo Executive Director B.P. Ravi, Conservators of Forest S. Venkateshan and K.B. Markandeya and family members of the Martyrs were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore