Mob attacks 2 forest officials in Talala
Times of India
Talala(Gir) : Two forest officials were seriousla injured in a mob attack allegedly led by local Congress MLA Bhagwanji Barad on Wednesday.
According to the complaint filed by range forest officer Bharatkumar parmar, the mob headed by Barad assaulted him and his colleague assistant conservator of forest Shashikumar K. "The forest officials were assaulted as they had detained and fined six boys of Rs 14,000 each on the charges of roaming in Sasan forest range on Tuesday night, which is prohibited," said a police official.
As the news of boys' detention spread, it enraged locals, who approached Barad for help on Wednesday. "Barad led a mob of locals, including boys' parents belonging to Bharwad and Ahir communities and barged into the forest office and created a havoc,c," the official said.
"in his complaint, Parmar alleged that the mob attacked him and Shashikumar with sticks, inflicting head injuries. The mob also allegedly robbed the officer of their service revolvers before escaping," said the official, adding that Parmar received five stitches, while Shashikumar received three stitches on their heads.
The police have registered case against Barad and the mob under articles 395, 120-B, 504 and 506(2) of the IPC. Meanwhile a counter complaint was filed by a youth Nilesh Bhaga registered against the forest officers of detaining the boys and perpetrating third degree torture on them.Those listed in Bhaga's complaint as victims include Tabha Kudiyatar(30), Dinesh Kodi (27), Bhikhan Galmar (27), Bharat Kanawala (25), Bogha Dhola (35) and Bhikha Chawla (25). They have been admitted to Talala Hospital with various injuries.