Simmering a long-drawn battle between local villagers and forest officials of the Melghat Tiger Reserve (mtr) in Maharashtra's Amaravati district has once again been brought to light by a fire that scorched the mtr's Dhargad range on April 3, 2005. About 480 hectares (ha) of the forest was engulfed in the blaze; experts point out such incidents have become an annual feature. The fire was brought under control and various

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