Telangana: Mahogany sapling planted by CM KCR dries up, 8 unidentified men booked

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Telangana: Mahogany sapling planted by CM KCR dries up, 8 unidentified men booked

Two months since it was planted by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the mahogany sapling dried up.

Telangana Police has registered a complaint against eight unidentified persons for destroying a Mahogany sapling which was planted by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao this July.

The sapling was planted by KCR near the under-construction Mid Manair Dam in the Karimnagar district on July 12 as part of the third phase of 'Telanganaku Haritha Haaram', a mass plantation drive across the state.

On Saturday, Suresh, the supervisor appointed by the administration to take care of the trees in the protected area, approached the Karimnagar II town police station and lodged a complaint against eight youths on bikes who allegedly trespassed into the protected area in the night and damaged the mahogany sapling.

Based on the supervisor's complaint, a case under under Sections 447 (criminal trespass), 427 (playing mischief) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC has been filed against the eight unidentified bikers.

Police are analysing the footage of the CCTV cameras installed around the protected area to identify the youths who have been accused of destroying the sapling.

The civic administration appointed a tree guard and a supervisor to regularly water the plants in the protected area and take care of them. However, within two months, the Mahogany sapling planted by Telangana chief minister started drying up, leaving officials worried.

As a face-saving effort, officials of the Karimnagar Municipal Corporation and the forest department inspected the site and replaced the sapling with a new one.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao launched a mass plantation drive in 2015, setting a target of planting 230 crore saplings in all the 31 districts of the state in a span of four years.

Telangana, which has witnessed droughts in the last few years, has simultaneously seen its green cover shrinking rapidly.