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Video: Cop chased, beaten and dragged from bike by mob in Telangana

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Video shows tribals attack cop even as his colleagues try to save him

Hyderabad:

A circle police inspector was attacked by a mob in the Khammam reserve forest area when a police team went to check the law and order situation near Chandrapalem village in Sattupalem mandal in Telangana on Sunday.

A group of local villagers went to claim a salt plot to cultivate when another group of non-locals made a counter-claim.

As tensions rose and clashes broke out between the two groups, a team of 10 to 15 police officers along with forest officials arrived at the scene.

It is not yet clear why the officer in question was targeted.

A video shows a group of them dragging the newly appointed police officer, dressed in civilian clothes, from his bike and punching him while another officer tries to pull him away.

The clip further shows the tribals chasing him even as uniformed cops try to save the circle inspector.

A senior officer, who asked not to be quoted, said they were investigating why only the circle inspector was targeted and whether it was a conspiracy.

In November 2022, a forest officer, Chalamala Srinivas Rao, was attacked and killed using sticks and knives by tribals. The then Chief Minister KCR had announced a compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the victims’ family.

Two men involved in the murder of forest guard Chalamala Srinivasa Rao were sentenced to life imprisonment by Principal District and Sessions Judge Patil Vasanth in August 2023.

The incident took place on the outskirts of Errabolu Guthikonda village of Chandrugonda Mandal on November 22, 2022.

The court found the accused, Madakam Tula and Podium Nanga, belonging to the Goti Koya community, guilty under sections 302 (murder), 353 (assault or use of criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duties) and 332 (intentionally injuring someone). dissuading a public servant from his duties) of the Indian Penal Code. The court imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on the violators.

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