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Mandya SP lands in trouble after 9 trees axed at her official residence, activists demand judicial probe

In yet another case of officials bending rules according to their convenience, Mandya SP Dr Ashwini is accused of allowing the chopping of 9 Ashoka trees at her official residenceAfter the incident came to light, the forest officials say the police department indeed had sent a letter seeking permission but the forest department was yet to clear it. Activists now demand a judicial inquiry into the incident.

Mandya SP lands in trouble after 9 trees axed at her official residence, activists demand judicial probe-ycb
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Mysuru, First Published Sep 14, 2021, 7:26 PM IST
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In a major embarrassment for Mandya SP Dr Ashwini, the officials has been accused of allowing the cutting of 9 Ashoka trees at her official residence.

After green activists and the public complained to the forest department regarding the incident, a range forest officer was deployed for spot inspection and asked to file a report in this regard.

It is believed that the police had told that due to rains and gusty winds, there was a danger of short circuit as the branches used to often touch the high tension wire.

Deputy Conservator of Forest, P Ravishankar had contended that this tree species 'Ashoka' as per 2016 government order can be chopped and does not require any permission. However, before felling any tree, as per protocol, the forest department should be informed as the trees are on government land.

The official said that the notice from the SP office has reached the forest department yesterday and it was yet to be cleared.

Complained to DG, judicial inquiry demanded:

Siddalingegowda, chairman of World Human Rights Seva Kendra contended that the IPS officer acted like a dictator.

He said that earlier 50 trees in Mandya police grounds were chopped and now 9 trees have been chopped at the official residence of Superintendent of Police Dr Ashwini.

Siddalingegowda has dashed off a letter to DG Praveen Sood, Additional Chief Secretary for Home Department and High Court Registrar General and demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident.

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