Sarsala-type Incident In Bhadradri: Mob Attacks Forest Officials


Bhadradri: A Sarsala-type incident took place in Bhadradri in Gundalapadu panchayat of Mulakalapalli mandal when forest staff were attacked by locals who were carrying out farming there. The forest department officials tried to stop them from cultivating crops in forest land. Two officials were injured and have been shifted to the hospital. The forest officials were attacked and their cell phones seized by the mob. 1,50,000 acres of forest land in Khammam district which constitute a part of reserve forest, are under cultivation say forest officials. It is being said that farmers are using the shield of tribals to carry out farming.

It may be recalled that on Sunday, a lady Forest Range Officer (FRO) Anitha, was brutally thrashed by Sirpur TRS MLA Koneru Konappa’s brother, Koneru Krishna, the local ZP vice-chairman, during an afforestation programme conducted in Sarsala village in Kaghaznagar at Sirpur.

The incident occurred when the Telangana Forest Department was conducting afforestation activities. Police booked a case under several sections including non-bailable ones, against Koneru Krishna and others. He has since resigned from his post of Zilla Parishad vice-chairman.

A video of the incident went viral and was publicised widely by national media channels as well. Working President of the TRS, K. Tarakarama Rao (KTR) and minister for forests, Indrakaran Reddy condemned the act of the TRS leader and said that no one was above the law.


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