For­mer Cham­bal da­coits now pledge to pro­tect forests

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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.


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