Exactly after an year (April 18, 2016), since the last traces of the famous tiger ‘Jai’ were recorded in the woods of Umrer Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, a candlelight march was organised at RBI square, Nagpur, yesterday (April 18, 2017) by a few Nagpur’s wildlife enthusiasts in Jai’s memory. At the march, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, local stake holders and NGOs came together to protest against the way things were handled by the forest department after Jai went missing, which resulted in the loss of a prominent male tiger. People present during the march lit candles and observed a two-minute silence in memory of the famous tiger. Through the march, these people also wanted to remind the authorities about their long pending demands which include:
→ Fixing of accountability of people responsible in disappearance of Jai
→ CID probe as promised by the CM to be initiated
→ Results from probe done by NTCA and investigation agency appointed by centre, to be brought in public domain
→ Appropriate steps to ensure that such incidents are never repeated in future
The famous tiger ‘Jai’ was well-known for ruling the woods and was single handedly responsible for putting Nagpur on the International Wildlife Tourism map. Jai not only generated revenue for the forest, but even populated the region with his off springs. Unfortunately, Jai went missing last year, inspired of being collared, under mysterious circumstances and vanished without a trace. After various efforts made by the forest department to find Jai, no result came into being and the tiger was declared missing.
Present during the march were wildlife enthusiasts Vinit Arora, Sarosh Lodhi, Mohammad Junaid, Viraj Upgade, Sameer Ingle, Ela Kulkarni, Ameet Jain, Yash Chopra, Viraj Hemrajani, among many other people. Vinit, a wildlife photographer, while speaking to Nation Next, said, “It’s been a year since Jai has been missing and till date there has been no trace of him. I, on behalf of my team at CLaW (Conservation Lenses and Wildlife), urge the forest officials to investigate the matter with full seriousness and tell the public what has exactly happened to Jai.”