Kaghaznagar: A lady Forest Range Officer (FRO) Anitha was brutally thrashed by Sirpur TRS MLA Koneru Konappa’s brother during an afforestation programme conducted in Sarsala village in Kaghaznagar at Sirpur, Telangana on Sunday.
The incident occurred when the Telangana Forest Department was conducting afforestation activities as part of the development of non-forest lands. This was a part of the compensatory plantation in lieu of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP). The afforestation program was being conducted as per the instructions of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who was concerned about the development of forest cover in the State.
The Forest Department officials as part of this project had come to plant trees in 20 hectares of land in Sarsala village at Kaghaznagar. The forest officials along with workers had brought in tractors and other equipment to clear and smoothen land to enable plantation.
In a bid to foil this attempt the TRS MLA’s brother, Koneru Krishna who is also the local Zilla Parishad Vice Chairman ,attacked the forest officials along with the locals and started beating them with sticks. The officials who were caught unaware tried to stop them, but Krishna and his followers mercilessly thrashed them. They lunged forward and hit the woman FRO Anitha with sticks as she was seen standing on one of the tractors. The officer was immediately taken to the local hospital at Sirpur, where she was treated.
Speaking to Sakshi, she stated that Koneru Krishna and his followers attacked her and the officials and that they were too shocked to react as more than 10 people assaulted them in a surprise attack.
As seen in the footage even though more than 50 police officers were present at the time of the attack, they failed to stop him and the locals from attacking the forest officials, workers and damaging equipment.