Forest officer, C Anita, was attacked violently by Telangana Rashtra Samiti party leader, his followers and some local villagers. She went with her team for a tree plantation drive in a 20-hectare degraded forest land in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district.
In a disturbing video which has gone viral, forest range officer C Anita can be seen defenceless, is seen standing on a tractor as a violent mob armed with huge wooden sticks surround her and land blows on her and the tractor that she is standing on.
The plantation drive is Chief Minister KCR’s second biggest dream. Aimed at afforestation, it is part of the Kaleshwaram irrigation project of the state government. The local villagers reportedly did not want the land on which they were cultivating illegally to be reclaimed by the government.
Sources say tension had been building up over this issue for the last few days and anticipating trouble, the forest range officer had gone along with 30 policemen and 30 forest guards.
Even as Ms Anita was explaining that they were following the instructions of the government, the mob, which included farmers, did not stop the attack.
Sixteen people, including the brother of the TRS legislator, have been arrested and more are likely to be taken into custody, district police chief Malla Reddy told NDTV.Case of attempt to murder and obstructing forest officer from performing duty has been registered, he said.