Kozhikode | The Prakriti Samrakshna Samithy (PSS), an umbrella organization of green outfits in Malabar region of Kerala, today demanded resignation of state Forest and Environment Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan as he ”lost control and interest in the functioning of the Ministry.”
A resolution adopted at a joint meet of the organizations held in Gandhi Griha here also demanded his ouster from Oommen Chandy Cabinet if he did not volunteer to submit his resignation, said a release here today.
Accusing top officials of the Forest Department for indulging in group clashes, the meet said not only elephants were being hunted but other animals, including bisons were killed after administering poison in the state.
Stating mystery surrounds the suicide of Aikkaramattom Vasu, the key accused in elephant poaching in Maharashtra after he informed about his return to the state. It demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the entire gamut of the issues.
Expressing suspicion over the death, his relatives had said Vasu has not committed suicide, the meet said.
The meet also decided to stage fast before the Office of the Chief Conservator of Forest on September 4 against the government’s apathy on the issues and conduct a seminar on protection of wetlands in the state, the release said.
Wayanad Prakriti Samrakshana Samithy, Seek Payyannur, Idukki Paristhiti Samrakshana Samithy, the District Paristhiti Protection Samithy, Malappuram District Paristhiti Samrakshana Samithy, District Paristhiti Samrakshana Samithy, Kannur, Prakriti Padanakendram, Nilambur, the Kerala Natural History Society and Kerala Natural Lovers Forum attended the meet presided over by N Badusha.
T V Rajan, K P Abdul Wahabd, Sathyan Meppayur, Thomas Ambalavayal, Manikandan K P, Sulaiman K M, Balachandran, P Sundararajan, P Jaya Prakash, among others spoke at the meet inaugurated by P K Uthaman.