The local TRS ZP vice Chairman and brother of Kagaznagar MLA Koneru Krishna Rao was arrested on the charges of physically attacking a forest range officer Anitha yesterday in Sarsala village under Kagaznagar mandal on Saturday. The SI and the DSP were also suspended from their duties for failing to prevent the attack.
It may be recalled Koneru Krishna along with the villagers wielding sticks and rods attacked the bunch of forest officials who arrived in the village to plant trees as part of the state government’s greenery programme around Kaleshwaram project. The forest officer was badly injured in the melee and no official could prevent them from attacking her.
The incident created a flutter after the District Forest Officer released the video in social media resulting in the outcry at the TRS leaders’ mischief following which Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao expressed his displeasure over the incident immediately ordered the DGP and District Collector to initiate against those responsible. Police immediately swung into action. The SI who accompanied the forest officials did not at least try to prevent the mob from attacking the forest officials.
The Chief Minister also spoke to the MLA Koneru Konappa and ordered him to make him resign from his post as ZP Vice Chairman following which Krishna Rao tendered his resignation. However, it is learnt that Krishna had mentioned the reason for his resignation as “a protest against the Forest Officials harassment against the villagers”
Meanwhile, the Forest officer Anitha is recuperating in a private hospital in Kagaznagar. She sustained multiple injuries on her hands, head. Doctors said her wrist was broken and needs a medical rest for her.
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