Ranthambhore | Monday.14 March 2016
On Sunday evening when all safari vehicles were coming back from the park, they were stopped by some police (ACB). They checked the tickets and ID’s of the tourist but when they did not find anything wrong, they started asking ID”s of Nature guides who have been working for years in the park. They have a valid license to work from the forest department. They are responsible for keeping a control over the impact of tourism on wildlife and its habitat. They provide authentic information to the tourist and ensure their safety.
After checking the ID’s police detained those guides who were not carrying their ID’s along. They were taken to police station and were threatened and abused. Police alleged them for taking tourist without proper tickets but found nothing during check. All those guides were released later at mid night after intervention of higher authorities.
This was harassment and an embarrassment for a nature guides who is doing his job with honesty for years, has given the precious part of his to this park for its betterment. It was an abuse of power by police.
In one hand Govt. officials call tourist guides the eyes and ears of Govt in jungles, true ambassadors of country who creates image of the country in rest of the world. But on the other hand they keep insulting them in front of the tourist, misbehave with them, which a height of hypocrisy, and misuse of power by bureaucracy.
Police alleged that guide are involved in taking tourist in zones they are not permitted for, asking tips, even they went more further alleging them for selling tiger sighting for money, the more money more tiger sighting.
We want to ask the police or all other government official who are responsible for this that without having any knowledge of wild life, how they can claim it. Is it possible to manage a sighting for money?
Is there anyone who can guaranty a tiger in wild with money?