Assault on forest officers in Telangana will not be tolerated, says Prakash Javadekar



Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that the assault on forest officers in Telangana will not be tolerated. Speaking in Rajya Sabha, the Union Minister added that the government has taken the issue very seriously. The Minister further added that the centre will do whatever is possible. Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar in Rajya Sabha on assault on forest officers in Telangana: We are taking it very seriously because this can not tolerated. We as regulators will do whatever is possible. pic.twitter.com\/U2GNjw10ZW Police took prompt action after a video of the incident went viral on social media. In the video, Rao along with his supporters can be seen attacking forest department official C Anitha with bamboo sticks at a village in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district over a land issue. Anitha had gone to Sarasala village with few officials to plant saplings when she was attacked. In a bid to save herself from the attack, Anitha climbed upon a vehicle but failed to escape. #WATCH Telangana: A police team forest guards were attacked allegedly by Telangana Rashtra Samithi workers in Sirpur Kagaznagar block of Komaram Bheem Asifabad district, during a tree plantation drive. (29.06.2019) pic.twitter.com\/pZ0H3Qg2Ud Two police officials- Deputy Superintendent of Police Kagaznagar Sambaih and Inspector Venkatesh have been suspended for negligence in duty. Anitha is currently in hospital and has alleged that Krishna Rao was the first to hit her with a bamboo stick and was then followed by others. According to police, both TRS MLA Koneru Konappa Rao (63) and his brother Krishna Rao (56) have a long history of assaulting government officials. Earlier in March 2018, Konappa has assaulted a woman Excise Circle Inspector for seizing a vehicle carrying jaggery prepared at an illegal manufacturing unit. The Excise Officers According to reports, the duo had assaulted officials from- forest department, municipal department, excise department, prohibition department, and police department. Telangana Principal Chief Conservator of Forest P K Jha said that the department will take up the issue at a higher level. TRS Working president KT Rama Rao has condemned the incident. In a tweet, Rao said, I strongly condemn the atrocious behavior 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 land. The opposition parties also condemned the attack and slammed Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for failure in controlling law and order in the state.

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