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Tree butcher does it again

Chops down 3 trees illegally in 3rd Block
Residents plant 3 saplings

TIT FOR TAT: Residents plant three Mahagony saplings the same evening on the Service Road where three trees were illegally cut down. Soon after planting the saplings, tree guards were erected to protect them.
TIT FOR TAT: Residents plant three Mahagony saplings the same evening on the Service Road where three trees were illegally cut down. Soon after planting the saplings, tree guards were erected to protect them.

web1Last week only over 100 saplings were planted all across Koramangala wherever a tree was missing by the Bengaluru District Incharge Minister & Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy and Koramangala residents. Just one week passed on Saturday night Dec 13 residents saw a person cutting the tree on the 1st Cross 3rd Block in front of site no 373. Immediately he was told to stop and the police was called. The police who rushed to the spot took the person to custody along with the weapon used for cutting the tree. However he was released later. But this didn’t stop them cutting the tree. Soon the next morning one tree was cut and two more were pruned to cut. By afternoon all the three trees (Weeping Ashoka tree) were felled.
Immediately the residents came to know about it and rushed to the spot. Police were called and later the Koramangala 3rd Block Residents’ Welfare Association filed a complaint alleging the site owner Rajkumar Ladha of Marble Centre International responsible for it.
web3 web4For this tree butcher Sunday means a special day. From five incidents reported as many as 14 trees have been illegally cut down in two locations of the 3rd Block. On the first incident about a year ago, one huge tree near the Post Office was allegedly poisoned to death.
Then the second incident six months ago at the same place one huge tree was cut down overnight that too on a Sunday. Few weeks later seven trees were chopped down on a Sunday on the 1st cross 3rd Block.
From the previous photographs it is clear there were five more trees remaining in front of site no 373. Last Sunday three more are gone. Two trees missing might have been cut down one or two months back. One of the stumps has been covered with the mud and rest of the pavement has been cemented.
Assuming that government offices would be closed and residents could be holidaying or simply resting, this butcher has taken advantage to chop down the trees.
If he is let to go scot free then sure he would make Koramangala a desert, say the green activists.

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