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Karnataka: Memorial For Forest Officer Killed by Veerappan, Is 1st IFS Martyr to Get Honour

In a primary within the nation, the Karnataka forest division has restored the jeep that Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer P Srinivas, killed by dacoit Veerappan, drove on responsibility and constructed a memorial round it.

Srinivas, a Keerti Chakra recipient, labored as a deputy conservator of forests in Chamarajanagara and was additionally the assistant commander of Special Task Force (STF) fashioned to nab Veerappan.

The jeep was deserted at Karnataka Range forest workplace in Palar alongside the Tamil Nadu border.

“We spent around Rs 1.1 lakh to repair and restore the vehicle. We have now put it up in the museum in a forest guesthouse named after him. The museum contains photographs, clothes and other memorabilia of Srinivas. We thought this was the best way to honour him,” stated V Yedukondalu, deputy conservator of forest, MM Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.

The memorial in honour of Srinivas. (News18)

A shed is constructed for the jeep which is now on Kollegal forest division workplace premises.


Born on September 12, 1954 in Rajamundry of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, Srinivas joined the IFS in 1979. He was appointed the forest officer of Chamarajanagara in 1990-91, when no forest or police officer was keen to serve within the district, fearing Veerappan.

A Gandhian at coronary heart, he determined to take native villagers into confidence. He met each household of Gopinatham village the place Veerappan was born and supplied assist and help. He included locals within the search crew. He was additionally the primary man to arrest Veerappan, who later escaped from custody. Later, Veerappan invited Srinivas alone, saying he would give up.

An image of P Srinivas taken six days earlier than his demise. (News18)

On November 10, 1991, when Srinivas went to satisfy Veerappan, the dacoit tortured and beheaded the officer in a hamlet few kilometers from Gopinatham.

Srinivas was beloved by villagers of Gopinatham dearly. He bought a number of homes constructed for poor villagers. His photograph will be seen in nearly each home of the tribal village even now. He bought a temple of Mariyamma, the village deity, constructed. Till date, the villagers supply prayers to his image together with Mariyamma within the temple.

Tribals have constructed a temple on the spot the place he was killed by Veerappan.

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