The Forest Minister regarding the attack on forest officer said such incidents would not be tolerated, and DSP and CI were suspended over the issue.
Kagaznagar DSP PK Prasad, accused of failing to stop the attack on forest officials and staff on Sunday in Sarasala village of Kagaznagar Zone in Kumram Bhim Asifabad district. Sources said that the two officers who had to protect the forest staff who were performing their duty did not attend the crime scene.
Meanwhile, the incident of the attack on the forest staff, especially by a female Forest Range Officer, has been condemned by all communities. Forest Minister indrakaran Reddy, TRS Working President KT Rama Rao vehemently condemned the action of Zilla Parishad vice-chairman Koneru Krishna.
Rama Rao said that a case has been booked, the accused has been arrested and in his message no one is found to be in violation of the law and Mr Reddy said such incidents would not be tolerated.
A strong condemnation from a group of forest officials in the Adilabad region. In a statement to The Hindu, President A. Appiah and Representative A. Geerayiah said that the Preventive Detention (PD) Act should be imposed on the accused and prevented them from contesting in future elections.
The association has demanded the resignation of Sirpur MLA Koneru Kannappa, who is morally responsible for the atrocities of his brother Koneru Krishna, the main accused. In addition, Mr. Appiah urged the people to be held accountable and to prevent those who illegally cut down the forest.
Inquiry order must be initiated
The Indian Forest Service Officers Association also condemned the incident. They demanded immediate action on the culprits.
Among those who condemned the incident were the Telangana Joint Action Committee of Teachers and Gazetted Officers and Workers of the former undivided Adilabad district.
Criticized by the government
In a press release, JAC demanded appropriate action against the accused. JAC chairman S. Ashok and secretary A Shyam Naik demanded that the government order an inquiry.
The Communist Party of India, the Telangana State Council, condemned the attack by the ruling party leaders on the forest official and demanded strict action against them. The party criticized the government and said it was not right to remove the occupants in the name of removing the encroachments.