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Karnataka govt suspends two forest officials for wearing tiger claw pendant

Karnataka Minister Ishwar Khandre suspends forest officers seen wearing tiger claws after a news report highlights the issue. The decision follows a complaint against Deputy Range Forest Officer (DRFO) Darshan and is met with accusations of religious bias. The move sparks debate in the political landscape, emphasizing the need for impartiality.

Karnataka govt suspends two forest officials for wearing tiger claw pendant vkp
First Published Oct 27, 2023, 1:49 PM IST

Karnataka Minister Ishwar Khandre has ordered the suspension of forest officers who were seen wearing tiger claws post a news report. The decision came after the report highlighted the issue and emphasized the need for justice within the forest department and for the public.

Furthermore, Minister Ishwar Khandre, upon learning of the two forest officers involved, instructed the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) in front of the camera to suspend the forest officials wearing tiger claw pendants.

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The complaint against Deputy Range Forest Officer (DRFO) Darshan, one of the officers wearing tiger claws, led to this action. Chikkaballapur Range Forest Officer (RFO) Muniraj also reported the matter to the forest department, prompting the PCCF, Pushkar Kumar, to initiate suspension proceedings. Minister Khandre made the decision to suspend DRFO Darshan after he did not attend a hearing. 

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In response to allegations by Arvind Bellad that he was being unfairly targeted due to his religious background, Forest Minister Ishwar Khandre's statement came as a surprise. Arvind Bellad had been regarded as a knowledgeable politician, and his accusation of bringing politics into the matter raised concerns. 

The minister's statement was seen as contributing to the divisive political climate in the state, which focuses on caste, religion, and conflict. Arvind Bellad condemned this approach, emphasizing that the issue should not be associated with caste or religion and that the government should treat everyone equally.

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