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Peepal Tree: Full-grown Tree Hacked In Ballygunge, Locals Thwart Attempt To Fell Another | Kolkata News | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker


KOLKATA: A full-grown peepal tree was hacked on a Rowland Row plot on Sunday by some labourers, who introduced themselves as Kolkata Municipal Corporation employees. However, they had to retreat when they were about to start hacking another tree in the area when a team of officials from the state forest department reached the spot and asked them to show the requisite permission.
Locals said that the peepal tree could be aged around 80 years. KMC later said they were not civic employees and that there was no permission to hack it.

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Much more care needs to be taken before a decision is taken to chop down a tree. A fullgrown tree lost to human callousness is an irreplaceable loss.

Residents of Rowland Row registered their protest against the tree felling when the group gathered at a plot adjacent to Meghdoot building early on Sunday morning. The residents of the multi-storeyed building told them to show the permission either from the KMC or the state forest department. Though they didn’t show any papers, they said they were from KMC and started hacking the large tree.
A few minutes later, a resident of the building called cops to prevent the tree from getting chopped. “Cops reached the spot and after making a brief inquiry told residents that they couldn’t stop the ‘KMC men’ from felling the tree,” said Rajesh Kanoria, a resident of Meghdoot building, who was at the spot along with others like Chander Bhatia, Ashu Vohra, Shruti Manektala and Siddhi Kanoria. Ballygunge PS, though, refused to comment on the matter.
According to Kanoria, in the afternoon the people left the spot but armed with electric saw and other tools, the team returned in the evening and started the operation afresh. “This time they became aggressive and didn’t listen to the appeals made by the locals. Later in the evening, we made a desperate call to Pradip Kakkar, an environmentalist, as a last resort to save the tree. Kakkar managed to get in touch with the forest department who rushed to the spot around 9 pm. Seeing the government officials, the team fled from the spot,” added Kanoria.
According to Bonani Kakkar, a green activist who took up the matter with the KMC parks department, the civic body should stay alert as another attempt may be made to cut other trees on the plot. “The residents have played a positive role and thwarted the attempts of a racket to cut more than one large tree. But the KMC should save other trees in the area,” said Kakkar.
Mayor Firhad Hakim on Monday ordered an inquiry and asked a civic official to submit a report. “We won’t spare anyone who will be found hacking trees without the requisite permission,” said Hakim.
A KMC parks department official said an executive engineer from the department was sent to the spot on Monday. “We have received a report on the tree felling. We may lodge an FIR,” the official added.

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