Kothagudem: In a case of an attack on forest officials Marrigudem beat of Ramavaram range in Kothagudem division in March 2015, the 24 accused were convicted at the 3rd Additional JFCM Court at Kothagudem.
The accused SK. Umar from Kothagudem district (secretary of CPI-ML-New democracy party) and 23 others was sentenced for 1 year with a fine of Rs 14,400/. 
While the forest officials led by ACF Probationer A.Narasimha Reddy were on an advance operation in a 500 hectare retrieved forest land for planting in Marrigudem reserve forest, a mob of encroachers had attacked the forest officials with sticks, stones, and red chilli powder which resulted in severe injuries to 10 forest officials. 
On a complaint filed by FRO Ramavaram, an FIR was filed at Chandrugonda police station and a charge sheet was filed by police in Kothagudem court.  
Public Prosecutor Phani Kumar had presented the case arguments and was successful in getting the conviction. 
DFO Kothagudem Ram Babu IFS has expressed his happiness over the judgment and hoped that this will act as a deterrent against any attacks on the forest officials on duty. 
He has also issued a warning saying any encroachments in forests will be strictly dealt with and the offenders will be brought to book.

Anurag Mallick

A sports enthusiast, Anurag Mallick is currently working with Newsmeter as a reporter. He is a mass communication graduate from Loyola Academy. He is also a budding presenter and loves talking in front of the camera. His future aim is to discuss cricket professionally. He has earlier interned with a YouTube Channel, "Hind ki Pukaar" where he spoke on various topics infront of the camera. He has also interned with "WrytIn", a content writing platform, where he wrote articles on sports & entertainment. "Lights, Camera, Cricket" is what sums him up. He also loves playing cricket and other sports like Badminton & Volleyball.

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