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TRS MLA's brother held after forest dept officials assaulted in Telangana, woman officer hospitalised

A video footage of the attack, which went viral, shows Anitha climbing a tractor to escape the attack villagers hitting the vehicle.

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TRS MLA's brother held after forest dept officials assaulted in Telangana, woman officer hospitalised
Video shows Anitha climbing a tractor to escape the attack and villagers hitting the vehicle
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A Telangana woman forest department official was injured Saturday when she was attacked by some people, allegedly led by the brother of a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA, at a village in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district over a land issue.

ANI reported that a team of police and forest guards were attacked TRS workers in Sirpur Kagaznagar block during a tree plantation drive. 

Forest department officials said that C Anitha, Forest Range Officer, has been hospitalised.

They said Anitha had gone to Sarasala village with some officials to plant saplings as part of the government's 'Haritha Haram' green initiative programme when some villagers, led by Krishna, attacked them with bamboo poles, claiming that the land belongs to them.

A video footage of the attack, which went viral, shows Anitha climbing a tractor to escape the attack and Krishna and other villagers hitting the vehicle.

An unidentified man is then seeing hitting the woman official.

Speaking to reporters from the hospital, Anitha alleged that Krishna first hit her with a bamboo stick, followed by the others in the group.

"We were on official duty. Koneru Krishna who brother of TRS MLA Koneru Kannappa, came with people and started hitting us all with sticks along with his followers. I got on tractor to calm them down and pacify them but I was also beaten," she said from the hospital bed. 

Superintendent of Police Malla Reddy said Koneru Krishna has been arrested and booked under various sections of the IPC.

Telangana Principal Chief Conservator of Forest P K Jha said the land where the officials went belonged to the forest department and the MLA was also informed about it.

He said the department would take this issue seriously "at a higher level".

"It was forest land. I was given to understand that earlier there were some attempts to encroach it. That time our people got them vacated. It was totally under our control. There is no cultivation. His (MLAs) brother was there (during the attack)," Jha told PTI.

Kannappa could not be reached for his reactions.

Koneru Krishna Rao was recently elected as vice chairman of the Komaram Bheem Asifabad zilla parishad. 

(With PTI inputs)

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