GUWAHATI: To enhance the quality of offense report writing to strengthen the legal battle against the wildlife criminals for the protection of wildlife, at least 638 frontline staff of Manas Tiger Reserve (MTR) were given Special Enforcement Training.
Manas Tiger Reserve Frontline Staff Undergo Special Enforcement Training
On Tuesday too, some 21 frontline staff of MTR attended the five days long Special Enforcement Training organised jointly by the Assam Forest Department and Wildlife Trust of India and International Fund for Animal Welfare (WTI-IFAW) in Manas NP from 18 to 22 December 2020.
The training was held at Bansbari forest range of the park.
Wildlife Trust of India (WTI-IFAW) jointly with Assam Forest Department and Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) has been organising Wildlife Crime Prevention training since 2011.
“The training is divided into three modules Fresher, Refresher and Special for the frontline staff including the Range Officer, Investigation Officers”, said Amal Chandra Sarmah, Field Director, Manas Tiger Reserve.
So far 26 such pieces of training were organised jointly for the protection of wildlife in Manas landscape from 2011 to 2020.
As part of the training module, 445 frontline staff were trained in 15 fresher’s courses, 121 frontline staff attended 6 Refresher courses and 72 forest staff were specially trained through Special Enforcement Training.
Highlighting the joint effort for forest protection, Anindya Swargowari, Addl. PCCF and CHD, Forest, BTC said, “The module of the training has covered critical aspects like crime scene investigation, preparation of offense report, seizure report, seizure list, forwarding the cases to the court and the follow-up process. Along with filed duties, it is equally important to enhance the protection and conservation of wildlife.”
Bhupendra Nath Talukdar, Deputy Conservator of Forest (Rtr.), renowned wildlife crime and investigation expert cum trainer along with Rizaul Haque, advocate and legal consultant of Manas Tiger Reserve have thoroughly trained the participants on the crime- scenario investigation procedures and offense report writing to strengthen the legal battle for a conviction for wildlife criminals in the eyes of law during the five-day sessions.
The participants also learnt from the practical crime scene investigation sessions in the training.
The 6th Edition of ‘Banya Prani Surakshyar Hat Puthi’ an Assamese translated compilation of various Acts and Rules relevant to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 was also released by the field director during the training.