Pulimurugan effect: Wayanad forest official fear for their lives
- Forest officials blame the film for showing them in a bad light.
- The letter sent to Chief Wildlife Warden say inspired by the movie locals may carry out planned attack on them.
- Officials say they fear for life and need protection while on duty.
Mohanlal's 'Pulimurugan' might be a massive hit at the box-office and entire Kerala audience in all praises for the movie. But there are a section of forest officials in Wayanad who are blaming the movie for their plight and have conveyed their reluctance to report for duty fearing attack from locals.
According to reports the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS), Warden has written a letter to the Chief Wildlife Warden seeking protection for forest beat officers as they face heat from local people, who are planning an attack on officials.
The letter says the locals here are inspired by the storyline of the movie that shows forest officials in a bad light. Citing the example of a resort officer who killed an elephant to warn Forest officials and the department's recent action against poaching and other crimes in the area, the letter says these incidents have caused widespread dissent and fueled hostility.
According to a tip-off received by the officials, the assailant are planning attack on men on duty at various spots inside the forest, and without protection, the officials may not be able to carry out their duty effectively.
The district which has 885.92.sq.km of area under forest is an epicentre of man-animal conflict and other illegal activities.