Forest official attacked by villagers in Vidisha for taking out hidden teakwood

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A forest official Pradeep Sharma, beaten up by villagers in the Lateri area of Vidisha while taking out hidden teak wood on Friday.

VIDISHA: A group of men and women attacked a forest official with sticks as he was taking out teakwood which was hidden by villagers in the Lateri area of Vidisha district in Madhya Pradesh on Friday, an official said.

A video of the incident has also gone viral on social media in which the group of 10 to 12 men and women were spotted holding sharp edge weapons.

The forest official has been identified as Pradeep Sharma who is posted in Tiloni Beat. He sustained severe injuries in the incident and was referred to the district hospital in Visidha.

Pradeep said, “I was on routine patrolling in the area. The villager had hidden teakwood. We were removing those woods, in the meantime, the group, including women, reached there, and attacked me. They also stole money from my pocket.”

Lateri Forest SDO Saurabh Kabra said that the forest worker who was accompanying his forest watchmen was on routine patrol. He saw teakwood which was being taken out for there.

During this time, about 10 to 12 women and men of the village attacked the forest worker. They beat up him badly and Rs 4,200 kept in his pocket was also stolen by them.

A case was registered on behalf of the Forest Department and an investigation into the matter is on. (ANI)

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