Renowned spiritual Sadhguru and Assam Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma have landed in a controversy due to their alleged night safari in Kaziranga National Park. Two environmental activists have filed a police complaint against both Sadhguru and Himanta Biswa Sarma, along with Assam tourism minister Jayanta Malla Baruah.
In the complaint, the activists raised objections against the three personalities visiting the Kaziranga National Park after the restricted time on Saturday. The Kaziranga National Park is home to the Indian one-horned rhinoceros, which is one of the most endangered species of animals in the world right now.
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The activists have lodged their complaints against the spiritual guru and chief minister and tourism minister of Assam under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Under this act, all safari tours and public movement is banned in national parks after a particular time. It is done to protect the animals and keep their habitat untouched and far from human interaction during the night hours.
The activists, Soneshwar Narah and Prabin Pegu said that the night safari conducted for these prominent personalities was against the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which could have put the animals in danger. There are a few visuals of Sadhguru driving an open-top SUV in the Kaziranga National Park in dark hours, along with the ministers of Assam. It is to be noted that after 4 pm, no jungle safari is allowed in Kaziranga National Park.
The activists filed a police complaint with the Golaghat District Police. While the district police have not filed any FIR yet, it has started its initial investigation. In their statement to the media, the activists said that many local people have been killed by forest personnel and labelled as poachers for their movement activities at night, but no action was taken against the ministers and Sadhguru for the same. They said that such activities will not be tolerated, as everyone is equal in front of the law. Even several netizens criticized Sadhguru and the ministers for this night safari beyond the scheduled hours.
CM claims no rules were broken
Giving his statement on the matter, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that they did not violate the law, as according to wildlife law, the warden can permit to enter a protected area even during night hours. According to him, he accompanied Sadhguru after the formal opening of the park, to attract more tourists to Kaziranga National Park, as Sadhguru has millions of followers.
In its statement to the media, Isha Foundation, which is operated by Sadhguru, said that all the necessary permissions were given by the Assam government for this special occasion, and Sadhguru was invited as a chief guest for the event.
There is no information on the kind of action that the authorities might take against the two. However, given the stronghold of both personalities, it is highly unlikely that any action will be taken against them.
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