Patanjali’s Mega Herbal and Food Park in Assam’s Sonitput district on Friday landed into trouble when the Forest Department of Assam filed an FIR against it for showing negligence towards wild elephants. Baba Ramdev’s 1,300 crore Patanjali Mega Herbal and Food Park was inaugrated by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the presence of several others. The park had digged pits at the construction site which claimed an elephant’s life on Thursday. Taking strict action, the Assam Forest Department today filed an FIR against the builders concerned.
Jasim Ahmed, additional conservator of Forest told PTI that the FIR was lodged against Uday Goswami, one of the coordinators of the Patanjali Park. The FIR was lodged at Salanibari police outpost under Tezpur police station. Talking about the negligence on behalf of the builder, Ahmed said that there are as many as 14 open pits at the site, some of which were filled up with earth only after Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma visited the site of the incident. She instructed the builder to keep half of the over-200-acre land free from construction activity so that elephants could move about freely.
Another male calf who had run out of an elephant herd towards the construction site also fell into a pit on Wednesday but was fortunately rescued and sent to the wildlife rescue centre at Kaziranga.
Meanwhile, a local Dilip Nath told PTI that the place was known to be an elephant zone. Commenting on the incident, state Congress spokesman Apurba Bhattacharya claimed that as the area was an elephant corridor and used by the animals for giving birth to their calves, the previous Congress administration in the state had not allowed the government land to be given to anyone.