Woman forest officer was doing her job: KTR slams local TRS workers over attack
Soon after a woman forest officer was mercilessly beaten up by Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) workers, the party's working president KT Rama Rao (KTR) has strongly condemned the incident and slammed party workers for their "atrocious behaviour".
On Twitter, the TRS working president said the woman forest officer, Anita, was just doing her job and condemned the TRS workers over the attack. The attack was allegedly led by the brother of local TRS MLA Koreru Konappa. His brother, Krishna, is likely to have led the attack.
KTR said, "I strongly condemn the atrocious behaviour of Koneru Krishna who attacked a forest officer who was doing her job. He has been arrested and a case booked already; no one is above law of the land."
I strongly condemn the atrocious behaviour of Koneru Krishna who attacked a forest officer who was doing her job. He has been arrested & a case booked already; no one is above law of the landKTR (@KTRTRS) June 30, 2019
The tribal range officer from the forest department had gone along with her staff to Sarsala village in Sirpur Kagaznagar block of Komram Bheem Asifabad district to oversee a tree plantation programme.
It also started after an altercation over the plantation of trees, following which TRS workers mercilessly landed blows and beat the woman officer and her team with sticks.
In a video doing rounds on social media, the woman forest ranger can be seen crying in pain; she also said that brother of the local TRS MLA led the attack.
The victim, Anita, has been admitted to the hospital for treatment.
An attack on a uniformed personal of the state is an attack on the state itself a Lady Forest Range Officer in Kagaznagar Telangana beaten mercilessly for compensatory afforestation in Sarsala village by the brother of the local MLA Koneru Krishna and goons in police presence pic.twitter.com/Nxdv7JG59xRandeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) June 30, 2019
Meanwhile, responding to the allegation, the accused TRS leader said that the forest department is terrorising the aboriginal adivasi farmers and confiscating their land forcefully. Another version suggests that the land was illegally encroached upon by TRS leaders.
The accused TRS leader also said that he tried to pacify the department (forest) authorities but it did not work out. "I tried to pacify department authorities but in vain the attack was accidental action not intentional," he said.
After the incident, a case has been registered against 16 persons including TRS leader Krishna under Sections 353, 332, 307, 147, 148, 147 and 507 of the Indian Penal Code.
However, this is the second incident in the week where a government officer was beaten or attacked by an MLA while on duty.
Akash Vijayvargiya, 34, a first-time MLA representing Indore-3 Assembly segment, was recently caught on camera assaulting municipal officer Dhirendra Singh Bais with a cricket bat last Wednesday while opposing a demolition drive of a dilapidated house.
Vijayvargiya was granted bail on Saturday for beating up the government officer. He was asked to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 50,000 in the case and of Rs 20,000 in another case related to a protest in Rajbara.