• Late. P. D. Majhi
4th GREEN GUARD AWARD for Exceptional Individual Performance
RECIPIENT : Late P. D. Majhi, Boatman
PAKKE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, ARUNACHAL PRADESH (awarded posthumously)
For Whom the Bell Tolls
by  Raja Chatterjee

On April 14, 2007, an informer met the DFO, Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve in the morning and sounded alarm that a gang of armed poachers had entered the sanctuary. Acting instantly on the tip off, DFO summoned his most trusted staff P. D. Majhi (Boat man), Shiv Charan (Mahaut) and Dhon Nath (Forest Guard) to work out plans to apprehend the culprits. Making a blue print ready by the same afternoon, the trusted trio was sent off on elephant back to the forest from Seijusa. They crossed the Pakke river and proceeded towards Khari Anti-poaching Camp, some 12 kms. away in complete darkness.

They set out for Doi Gurung (30 kms away.) anti-poaching camp next morning on elephant back, scanning for signs of miscreants on every river bed and forest trails en route. Making a base at Doi Gurung camp, they combed the core area for next two days. As poachers fled the scene, by then the team rushed Upper Dekorai (10 kms away.) and continued searching and stayed overnight at the camp there. On 18th morning, combing operation became increasingly tough in the dense forest. By mid day, they could locate the gang of poachers and chased them partly on elephant back and partly on foot. A hide and seek continued for rest of the day. Upper Dekorai Camp was located conveniently to keep an eye on the surroundings. Camp mates enhanced searched in the night. At the break of dawn, on 19th April, the team ventured out again on elephant back. By 10 O'clock, the
A horrifying chase continued for over four hours through game trails while mahaut Mr. Shiv Charan followed them on elephant. At around 2 p.m., it was a close encounter of the last kind for Mr. P. D. Majhi. He challenged them and opened fire within 50 mtrs. of poachers. One of the poachers fell down in the ambush with a bullet injury on his chest. A little behind from the bush on the left side, a poacher fired on P. D. Majhi and he fell down. As Mr. Dhon Nath was following Majhi at close quarter, he found two men on the run killing Majhi. Dhon Nath triggered to silence them for good.
poaching gang could be spotted from a distance. P. D. Majhi and Dhon Nath made blank fires to scare them. As both the men got down from elephant back to run after poachers, they returned fire. A horrifying chase continued for over four hours through game trails while mahaut Mr. Shiv Charan followed them on elephant. At around 2 p.m., it was a close encounter of the last kind for P. D. Majhi. He challenged them and opened fire within 50 mtrs. of poachers. One of the poachers fell down in the ambush with a bullet injury on his chest. A little behind from the bush on the left side, a poacher fired on P. D. Majhi and he fell down. As Dhon Nath was following Majhi at close quarter, he found two men on the run killing Majhi. He triggered to silence them for good. One poacher fell dead on the spot while the other disappeared in the jungle with bullet injury towards the river side. Mahaut Shiv Charan kept on firing from elephant back till the time rest of the gang member fled away. He had a trying time to have the profusely bleeding dead body of P. D. Majhi picked up on the elephant back while trying to pacify Dhon Nath. They travelled 47 kilometers to reach Seijusa at early hours of the next day (13.30 a.m.). All down the way, a tribute of tears seemed to tear apart the hearts of these unsung heroes, dead and alive, in their tryst to protect the tiger heaven of Pakke.