Chikkamagaluru: Renowned environmentalist DV Girish was assaulted by drunken youths at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary on Monday. The police lodged a complaint on Tuesday and traced the identity of the accused. Girish’s attack on the Shola grassland of Chikmagalur has been widely condemned.
While Girish was returning with friends from the Kattehole Estate near Kemmannugundi in his gypsy, some young men who were standing near the Santaveri Thiruvaru spoke vaguely about the girl in the vehicle. Girish advised the youths not to park the vehicle and speak like this. The complaint was lodged with the police, saying that the youth had been approached by a friend of Girish.
After a while the evil men chased Girish’s gypsy on the bikes, crossed the jeep near Kambihalli and attacked many people including Girish and Keerthi Kumar. Girish fell to his cheek and was bleeding. It is said that the girl who was in the gypsy was taken away by the evil men.
The villagers of Kambihalli noticed the attack on Naddurastu and rushed to the spot, protecting Girish and his friends. Girish said in a complaint to the police that the life-threatening deputies went from there to ‘not let you die’.
Former member of the Karnataka Wildlife Board, S.Girijashankar, responded to TV9 Kannada Digital, saying that the police had to find out the perpetrators and take appropriate legal action.
Who is DV Girish?
Girish is well known as a resource person for many organizations involved in the environmental protection movement. Many accolades have been sought in honor of his longstanding struggle for environmental protection in Bhadra Sanctuary and Chikmagalur.
The most notable of which is the prestigious Royal Bank of Scotland ‘Protect the Tiger’ award in Scotland. In addition, there have been tens of thousands of accolades, including the Wildlife Conservation Society Award, the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award and Tiger Gold. Hundreds of young people have sown and guided environmental love.
Girish’s contribution to the survival of the Kudremukh-Muttodi sanctuaries of the Western Ghats. His role in the voluntary resettlement of more than 450 families in the sanctuary in 2001-02 was world-wide. In 2001-02, Thirikere Taluka was adjacent to Lakkavalli Pukkavinar in 13 villages of Muttodi range (Muttodi, Kesave, Modla, Dabbagur, Karwani, Hebbe, Kanchigaru, Heggaru, Mtwani, Hirebellu, Oddihatti, Paradesappanamatha, Hipla). It is considered the best rehabilitation in our country. Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh also visited Lakkavalli and inspected the rehabilitation.