It was no fancy dress competition when two people dressed up as a leopard and a bear turned up at the district collectorate here today.
Rather, it was a novel protest by farmers to draw the attention of authorities to recurring problems they face from wild animals which stray into their forest fringe villages and attack the residents and damage crops.
The group of farmers from areas such as Anakatti and Tholampalayam, under the banner of the Tamil Nadu Farmers Association of CPI, came to the collectorate with two of them dressed up as the wild animal to present their problems during the grievances day.
They submitted a memorandum appealing to District Collector T N Hariharan to order setting up of a special squad to monitor the movement of wild animals and protect the farmers and their crops.
The farmers told reporters that wild animals strayed into their fields and damaged crops.
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