GUWAHATI- An enquiry has been ordered by the Morigaon district administration into the alleged flouting of rules and creating a ruckus inside Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, by senior Assam IAS officers, an official said on Tuesday.
Two IAS officers and an IPS officer, along with their families, had visited the sanctuary on Sunday. One of the officers allegedly sat on the bonnet of a safari jeep and smoked cigarettes, while others alighted from the vehicles, both actions prohibited inside the Sanctuary.
According to the Jeep Safari Owners’ Association of the sanctuary, the officers and others smoked cigarettes and created ruckus in the forest.
Smoking, drinking alcohol and alighting from the vehicle during safari are prohibited.
On Monday, the association wrote to chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over the incident and sought action against the bureaucrats.
Association president Nripen Nath said in the media “ Both the officers were present with their families and there were around 12-14 people in the group. They had hired three jeeps for safari inside the wildlife sanctuary,” he added.
The association also sent copies of the letter to forest minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, local MLA and information minister Pijush Hazarika and principal chief conservator of forests MK Yadava.
Divisional forest officer (Guwahati wildlife division) Jayashree Naiding confirmed that a departmental inquiry has been ordered into the incident.