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In order to commemorate the courage and supreme sacrifice made by the Officers and Frontline Personnel of Forest department across the country while conserving the Forests and Wildlife , MOEF & CC has declared September 11th as National Forest Martys Day.
On Sept 11th 1730 the soldiers of the then Jodhpur Maharaja, Abhay Singh, killed 363 people including men,women & children of Bishnoi Community who protested against the cutting of Kejri trees grown in Kejarli Province. To remember the supreme sacrifice made by them, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has declared September 11th to be observed as Forest Martyrs Day.Forest officers and frontline forest staff who have made ultimate sacrifice by laying their lives for the conservation of Forests & Wild Life are remembered on Forest Martyrs Day. Their extra-ordinary efforts, courageous acts and supreme sacrifices, exhibited while conserving wildlife and forests, are highly inspiring and motivating for the future generations to come. Shri.P.Srinivas IFS., Deputy Conservation of Forests is one amongst such inspiring personalities.He followed the Ideology of “Birth for Forest,Life for Forest,Death for forest”. He who is famously called as “Abhimanyu of Karnataka Forest Department” faced a tragic death on 10thNovember 1991 in the hands of the most notorious Sandal smuggler Veerappan. Government of India awarded Keerti Chakra to Shri. P.Srinivas posthumouslyfor his sincerity and courageous services to the Nation.
Shri.B.C.Mohanaiah, Forest Guard who was also killed by Veerappan, shall always be remembered for his dedication and bravery. The supreme sacrifice of Shri.Arvind Hegde,who was killed by tree smugglers of Sirsi, shall always be remembered. In total in Karnataka 47 Forest officers/frontline staff have laid their lives while discharging their duties towards conservation and protection of Forests and Wildlife. On 03/03/2018, Shri. S.Manikandan IFS., Field Director,Rajiv Gandhi National Park,Hunsuru, while inspecting fire control measures in field, had an accidental death due to elephant attack during his field visit.For his exemplary service to the cause of conservation, Government of India honouredhim posthumouslyby awarding Shri.S Manikandan with Elephant Warrior Award 2018 on World Environment Day on 12.08.2019. In order to commemorate and remember the courage,sacrifice made by Forest officers/staff for the cause of conservation of forests & wildlife, Martyrs Day is observed at State Headquarters and also each District Headquarter. In order to extend support to the families of Martyrs, Forest Martyrs Committee has been established. Donations are made by different circles and individual to this committee. The money collected is utilized for supporting the martyr’s families, children education & giving scholarship to meritorious children etc.
b. prabhakara Deputy Range Forest Officer

porkala section, uppinangadi range, mangalore division mangalore circle.

Martyred On 09-02-2011

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doddashetty Forest Watcher

danthuru, dodda alahalli section, sangam wildlife range.

Martyred On 03-11-2016

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halaga Forest Watcher

nagamalai kallabetta, shibirada indinatta, gopinatham wildlife range.

Martyred On 21-05-2019

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l.n. annegowda Forest Watcher

seegegudda, hassan range, hassan division, hassan circle.

Martyred On 23-07-2019

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nagraj Forest Watcher

kannangi section, mandagadde range.

Martyred On 20-04-2014

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s. manikandan Conservator of Forests

rajeev gandhi national park, hunsur.

Martyred On 03-03-2018

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abdul ahamad Deputy Range Forest Officer

kollegala

Martyred On 19-01-1971

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annapppa mallappa mugalakoda Forest Guard

haliyal

Martyred On 26-07-2002

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b.c. mohanayya Forest Guard

kollegala

Martyred On 04-08-1989

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chakkirayya Daily Wages Labourer

sathnur range, ramnagar division.

Martyred On 26-05-2018

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g.k. rama Forest Watcher

hunsur wildlife

Martyred On 30-07-1998

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h.a. hanumanthappa Range Forest Officer

chikkamaglur

Martyred On 26-11-1985

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huccha shetty Forest Guard

chamrajnagar

Martyred On 09-11-1976

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k.n. rangarajaras Range Forest Officer

hassan

Martyred On 05-07-1978

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kale gowda Forest Guard

chikkamaglur

Martyred On 21-08-2002

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m.d. shirahatti Forest Guard

gadag

Martyred On 23-01-2015

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m.v. rangana gowdar Range Forest Officer

belagaum

Martyred On 20-03-1999

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manjunathappa Forest Guard

bhadravathi division

Martyred On 07-06-2010

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n.s. basarikatti Forest Guard

belgaum

Martyred On 25-03-1983

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panchalingayya Forest Watcher

ramnagar division

Martyred On 09-09-2016

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ramayya Daily Wages Labourer

bannerghatta national park

Martyred On 14-05-2015

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shankar moodalagi Forest Guard

belagaum

Martyred On 13-08-1966

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veerabadrappa Forest Watcher

shimogga wildlife

Martyred On 26-10-1999

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dabbanna Forest Watcher

tammanayakanahalli, anekal wildlife range

Martyred On 09-08-2012

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h. narayana Forest Watcher

ayanur range, shivamogga.

Martyred On 07-04-2017

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k.m. pruthukumar Forest Watcher

titimathi research range, titimathi.

Martyred On 27-08-1983

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mahadev Forest Watcher

sulaba kallabetta shibira, byadarahalli, muttathi section, halaguru wildlife range.

Martyred On 26-04-2018

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p. srinivas Deputy Conservator of Forests

chamrajnagar

Martyred On 10-11-1991

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sri. ramaiah Forest Watcher

tattekere 'a' anekal wildlife range.

Martyred On 14-07-2015

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ahamad khan Forest Guard

kollegal

Martyred On 30-01-1971

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arvind. d. hegde Range Forest Officer

sirsi

Martyred On 19-04-1988

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b.d. khanapuri Deputy Range Forest Officer

belagaum

Martyred On 19-04-1988

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g.a. hampayya Forest Guard

belagaum

Martyred On 30-08-1982

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h. basasvanne Forest Guard

sagara

Martyred On 06-11-1989

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h.c. narayan Forest Watcher

shimoga

Martyred On 07-04-2007

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jogegowda Deputy Range Forest Officer

chamrajnagar

Martyred On 29-12-1966

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k.s. vittal Forest Guard

virajpete

Martyred On 14-05-1997

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l. lokesh Forest Guard

sagar

Martyred On 12-10-1997

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m.r. pujari Forest Guard

dharwad

Martyred On 14-06-1995

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madanayaka Forest Guard

chamrajnagar

Martyred On 29-12-1966

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marugeppa tammangol Forest Guard

kalkere wildlife range, bandipur tiger reserve dividion.

Martyred On 18-02-2017

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p.a. ponnappa Forest Guard

husur wildlife

Martyred On 23-12-1997

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raja shekarappa Forest Guard

tumkur

Martyred On 14-03-2006

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s.t. ganesh Daily Wages Labourer

sagara

Martyred On 12-10-1997

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srinivasayya Forest Watcher

tumkur

Martyred On 24-07-1999

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y. hanumanthappa Deputy Range Forest Officer

sagara

Martyred On 28-11-1997

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