Published On : Sat, Jan 5th, 2019

Harassed wildlife activist files police complaint against Forest Force Head

Sangeeta Dogra had accused Forest officials of misbehaving with her

Nagpur: The harassed wildlife activist from Delhi, Sangeeta Dogra, has reportedly registered a case with Sadar Police Station against Head of Forest Force Umesh Agrawal who had allegedly shouted and behaved indecently with her a few days ago. Sangeeta Dogra, who has picked holes in the investigations into controversial killing of T1 tigress Avni, had gone to meet Agrawal at his office in Civil Lines-based Van Bhavan three days back. As she posed discomforting questions to Agrawal, heated argument ensued between them.

According to the wildlife activist, Agrawal misbehaved with her. Soon after the incident, Sangeeta lodged a complaint with Sadar police against the Forest official. On the day of the ruckus, Nagpur Today had talked to Umesh Agrawal to ascertain the facts. Agrawal had stated that even though he is Head of Forest Force in Nagpur, but the matter comes under the purview of wildlife officials. Hence I was not aware of the entire matter. But the wildlife activist was not ready to listen and understand my position. She herself created ruckus and accusing us of harassment, Agrawal had clarified.

The iconic tigress T1, popularly called Avni, was shot dead by the shooter Asghar Ali in Pandharkawada jungles on November 2 night. Sangeeta had picked holes in the investigation and has alleged that the Preliminary Offence Report (POR) registered in the case does not mention the name of the shooter. She alleged that the killing of tigress was unwarranted and the subsequent probe was full of shortcomings. Sangeeta said that she camping in Nagpur since past 20-21 days. The Forest Department officials behave in weird manner, she charged.

When Nagpur Today tried to contact Umesh Agrawal to know his stand after the wildlife activist filed police complaint against him, there was no response from him. A message was also sent on his mobile phone but Agrawal probably preferred not to give any response.