Family of slain forest officer Madan Naik finally allotted site in Bengaluru

Family of slain forest officer Madan Naik finally allotted site in Bengaluru

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-10-10 16:35 Bengaluru: The state government has finally allocated a site in Bengaluru to the family of the Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACP) H Madan Naik, who was killed by a mob while on duty in Dandeli four years ago.On May 8, 2012, HM Naik was killed when he objected to tourists feeding crocodiles on the banks of River Kali. Following his death, the then Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) wrote two letters on June 22, 2012 and Nov 11, 2012 requesting the state government to allocate a site to the family considering it as a special case.Responding to the request, the government on February, 18, 2016 wrote to the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) to allocate the site measuring 2400sq feet (60x40). However, the condition was that the forest department should bear the cost of the site.Dandeli (Photo credits: Hari Somashekar)In February, 2016, the BDA agreed to allocate the said land at IST block Visveshwaraya Layout to Sumathi Madan Naik, wife of the deceased officer. The same was fulfilled on Sept 16, 2015. Accordingly, the department agreed to pay Rs40.72 lakhs for the site. In an order issued by the under-secretary, department of forests, ecology and environment, in September, 2016, the site was allotted as a special case to the family. However, the order also made it clear that the present case should not be used as an example for future ones to obtain similar benefits.