"Innocent villagers, mostly tribal people, have been caught up in the conflict (between the poachers and forest guards) and the problem is mostly because the park rangers are indiscriminate in applying brutal force, and they are given immunity from prosecution," said the BBC feature.
Rowlatt, who lives with his family in New Delhi, also clarified that despite his initiative, both the environment ministries in New Delhi and Dispur (responsible for the protection of forest and wildlife), the National Tiger Conservation Authority and Assam forest department did not respond to his necessary queries.
Once the BBC aired the item titled 'Our World: Killing for Conservation' on 11 February 2017, the government and people of Assam raised serious concern over its content. Various non-government nature &wildlife protection groups came forward scolding the London based news channel for propagating a wrong image to Kaziranga to the international audience.
Encouraged with the development, the Indian authority barred the BBC journalist Rowlatt from filming in any of India's 50 tiger reserves for five years. Later the Union environment ministry even requested the external affairs ministry to revoke the visas of Rowlatt along with his associates who shot the film.
But it tempted the global tribal people's rights body Survival International to launch a boycott campaign against the park that attracts over some 150,000 annual visitors including over 11,000 foreign tourists, till the Kaziranga authority retains its shoot-on-sight policy. It has already written to various tour operators in western countries to evade Kaziranga that gives shelter to over 2430 rhinos, 167 Royal Bengal tigers along with other wildlife.
"We appeal to Survival International to lift the boycott call against Kaziranga such that the success achieved by the Indian forest department is not subdued by any controversy," said a statement issued by APFEJ president Quamrul Islam Chowdhury, adding that Assam forest department should also come out with specific clarification to the BBC news feature.
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