Poacher Intrudes into Jarawa Reserve, Camps with Jarawa:
Culprit Let off on Bail
By Zubair Ahmed
Before the Kadamtala Jarawa Circus row subsided, another breach has been reported from Wandoor/Tarmugli. One habitual poacher, Nitai Mondal was arrested for illegal intrusion into Jarawa Reserve and camping with Jarawas inside the Reserve. However, typically he has also been let off on bail.
Defying all the regulations and monitoring mechanism put in place by the Administration, a local poacher Nitai Mondal, resident of Guptapara reached Chotagoja Jarawa Camp, a Jarawa Reserve on the West Coast on 3rd November with ration articles - rice, vegetable oil, sugar and tea and camped with a group of Jarawas. He halted with them and the next day took two Jarawas - Dawa and Lekhte to Bambu Nallah, where other Jarawas were camping. he stayed with them for a day and later took 5 Jarawas - Anijamu (43), Illy (25), Anjale (27), Achehane(25), and Tahe (22) to
. Tarmugli Island
Nitai Mondal, who is an habitual offender is already booked in two cases of exploitation of Jarawas.
It is learnt from reliable sources that the culprit was nabbed by a police team with the assistance of AAJVS staff. The authorities comprising police and AAJVS team were informed by Alomole and Gilad, two Jarawas based in Tirur about the illegal intrusion of Nitai Mandal. The team immediately left for
along with a
Jarawa Kunu on a police interceptor boat, who got in touch with the five
Jarawas. On further enquiry, the five Jarawas revealed that Nitai Mandal had
stayed with them for two days and had later transported them to Tarmugli
Island . Statement of Jarawas were
recorded on a video capturing device too. Tarmugli Island
Dr Vishwajit Pandya, a senior Anthropologist associated with the newly formed Andaman Nicobar Tribal Research and Training Institute (ANTRI) said that the recent incidents are a setback to the efforts taken by the concerned authorities to protect the
from poaching and exploitation of the vulnerable tribe. He further added that
there is a serious need for cooperation from all agencies to create a
consciousness to check such activities. territory of Jarawas
This incident has once again exposed the claims of the Administration how the stringent provisions of the ANPATR has been flouted with ease. Despite all the efforts of the police and AAJVS team, the police it seems could not properly build a case against the offender, in which ample evidence and witnesses were in hand. It is learnt that the key witnesses and the video evidence were also not presented before the court.
In Kadamtala episode, four persons were booked under the provisions of ANPATR, but the mastermind of the episode, Sampad Kumar, Pradhan, Kadamtala was let off on bail who had been booked under minor charges despite his deep involvement. Had the Pradhan been booked under ANPATR, it would have set a precedent, but the sluggish approach of the Administration has paved way for more such violations.