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May 2007 (Fires in the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Sanctuary)

Newspaper reports of the forest fires quoted the state’s forest officials as having put the blame on the Soliga adivasis living inside the BRT WLS, reportedly in retaliation against their collection of non-timber forest produce (NTFP) having been banned. There were also reports of harsh treatment by the officials against some Soligas. Having worked on issues of protected areas and local people for three decades, and having known of BRT WLS as a critical area for both biodiversity and for adivasis, Kalpavriksh felt it necessary to conduct an investigation into the above incidents and allegations.

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