|Appeal for release of abducted forest officials|
GUWAHATI, March 5 – Several non-governmental scientific and conservation organizations working in the North-east, including Aaranyak, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Dolphin Foundation, Early Birds, EcoSystems-India, Green Earth, Wildlife Trust of India and WWF-India, have appealed for safe and immediate unconditional release of Assam Forest Department officers, CCF Abhijit Rabha and Range Officer Ranjan Barua, abducted in Karbi Anglong on March 3.
“These officers have worked sincerely for conservation of the State’s forest and wildlife which is of utmost importance to our society. Requesting everyone’s support in this regard, the NGOs hoped that the good sense will prevail and the abducted officers will be immediately released unharmed in order to enable them and other workers of the Forest Department to contribute towards conservation of biodiversity and natural resources,” they said in a statement.
The statement said that conservation efforts by committed officers and civil society organizations would not only ensure ecological security of the region but would also enhance the quality of life for all, especially for the communities living in and around the forested areas.