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Mystery shrouds Wayanad forest fire, police file cases

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Wayanad: The police and the Forest department have filed almost seven cases in connection with the massive fire which ravaged around 300 hectares of prime forests in Wayanad on Sunday.

A preliminary inquiry by the forest department into the incident had found that the fire was man-made, raising suspicion it could be a deliberate act of sabotage.

The police registered cases in Thirunelli, Mananthavady, and Sulthan Bathery police stations.

Begur forest range officer, Tholpetti assistant wild life warden, Mananthavady ranger, and Muthanga assistant wild life warden also registered cases related to the incident.

The forest department report was submitted to state forest minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. According to the respective divisional forest officers, the fire ravaged 300 hectares is spread across the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) and north Wayanad forest division.

The damage was highest at the Begur range under the north Wayanad forest division with 200 acres of land, mostly teak plantations, getting burnt. In the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the fire ravaged 80 hectares in Tholpetty range and 10 hectares each in Muthanga and Sultan Bathery ranges.

Meanwhile, the fire continued to spread in Pothumoola Monday too. The forest officials and fire watchers were seen trying to bring it under control. Though there are fire units camping in the area, as per reports, the fire is spreading in the thick forests where no vehicle can be reached.

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