Former Chambal dacoits now pledge to protect forests
DOWN TO EARTH IN A first of its kind gesture to save the environment, former Chambal dacoits have come together in the fight against deforestation. On the eve of International Day of Forests in March, more than 25 former dacoits of Chambal gathered in Jaipur and pledged to save the forests from deforestation. The former bandits made the pledge at a programme organised by Kalpatru, a nonprofit. Most ex-dacoits were of the view that during the heyday of dacoity in Chambal, nobody tried to encroach on the land or cut trees. That was no longer the case. The ex-dacoits urged the government to allot regions to each of them to protect. They claimed that the forests would return back to their original shape under their protection.
COURTESY: YOUTH KI AAWAAZ