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Telangana: Sand mafia attack on forest officials: Minister serious; Order of inquiry

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Sand mafia attacked forest officials on patrol duty at Yellandu Division in Bhadradri – Kothagudem District Yesterday early morning. There was widespread concern over the incident of trying to kill the forest officials and staff who were on duty Tuesday morning. The details given by DFO Kishtaiah Goud are as follows.

On 09.01.2024 at around 05.30 AM, the FRO, Komararam along with his team was conducting patrolling near Tekulapally (V) and found two Tractors with fuIl load of Sand carrying from RF Yellandu in Compt.No.42 ofKuntarla Beat of Rollapadu Section of Yellandu Division.

While Stopping the sand tractors, which were carrying illegal sand, the sand smugglers have attacked on the FRO, Komararam and team and hit their vehicle which they have used for patrolling team by the smuggler with their sand loaded tractor. The vehicle is totally damaged. ) Immediately FRO, Komararam and team have seized the (03) tractors which are transporting illegal sand and brought to the GTD, Yellandu and registered (03) cases vide ( 1 ). POR.No. 46/92-2017, Dt 09.01.2024,(2). pOR.No. I /l 04- 20 17, A: 09.0 I .2024 & (3 ). POR.N o.3 I 84 -20 I 7, Dt: 09.0 I .2024.

Immediately the FRO, Komararam has filed a complaint petition in the police Station Tekulapally for attacking on the Forest Staff who are on duty and conducting patrolling and damaging the vehicle for taking necessary action.

The Sand smugglers are the regular offenders and they were doing illegal sand smuggling, several times our staff tried to catch hold of them, but they were escaped several times by seeing our Govt. Jeeps and their informer network.

Further detailed report will be submitted after receiving the enquiry report from the District Forest Officer, Bhadradri Kothagudem. vy Chief Encl: Photographs. Bhadradri Circle, sts Bhadradri Kothaeudem District.

 To overcome above situation on 09.01.2024 FRO, Komararam and his team have used a private vehicle to catch hold ofthe sand smugglers.

Minister Konda Surekha strongly condemned

Forest & Environment Minister Konda Surekha strongly condemned the conspiracy of forest officials who went to stop the mafia who were illegally moving sand from the forest area of Illandu Forest Division range of Bhadradri district and tried to kill them with a tractor.

Whoever is guilty in this incident will not be ignored. He promised that strict action will be taken. The Minister inquired about the incident on the phone with the concerned officials.

She ordered to take appropriate measures to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents and to conduct a thorough investigation into the same incident.

In view of the previous attacks in the forest area, the officials are always alert and should bring to our attention any assistance required.

Appropriate measures will be taken to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. If necessary, Chief Minister Revanth Reddy will be brought to the attention of the Minister of Forests & Environment said that the measures to be taken will be revealed soon.

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