KAMPUR, Aug 4 � The recent destruction of Barpathar Reserve Forest, the biggest of its kind in the entire Nagaon range under Kampur Forest Range Office and home to wild elephants, tigers, deer and various species of birds, has evoked widespread discontent, particularly among environmentalists concerned about the maintenance of ecological balance. The reserve forest would have been converted into a sanctuary in future if it had not been completely destroyed for personal gains of a few vested circles.
The marauders of the reserve forest not only drove away the animals by their greed and lack of farsightedness but also built permanent dwelling houses in sheer disregard to the necessity of permanent habitat for animals which is shrinking abysmally.
Left with no other alternatives, the animals are straying into the nearby villages in search of food and habitat. Thus, man-animal conflict has become a common phenomenon in the area.
Different organisations of Kampur including the senior citizens� associations have expressed their anguish at the wanton destruction of the reserve forest which should have been protected for the welfare of human beings for their future.