TUMKUR : Some miscreants in Chikkanayakana hally drilled holes in the rare species of 20 year old tree called ‘ Hagalu Rani ‘ in kannada, and injected mercury into the tree. The tree is planted in the Pre-university college campus . The injected mercury dries the tree gradually in 1 -2 months. Then the tree can be cut into pieces . The miscreants wants to eliminate this rare species from the habitat.
Mallikarjun Bhattarahally, president of Lancha mukta Karnataka Nirmana Vedike , said “ locals informed about this criminal act. I personally visited the P.U college campus and noticed the mercury injected holes. We informed this act to forest officials and appealed them to save the tree ”.