Maoists torch forest guest house, jeep near Tadwai

Maoists torch forest guest house, jeep near Tadwai
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A forest guest house and a jeep were torched allegedly by the Maoist party activists during early hours of Saturday in the forest area near Tadwai mandal headquarters.

Tadwai (Warangal): A forest guest house and a jeep were torched allegedly by the Maoist party activists during early hours of Saturday in the forest area near Tadwai mandal headquarters.

It was suspected that Adivasi tribals migrated from Chhattisgarh could be behind the incident

The naxals left a letter in the name of Karimnagar-Khammam-Warangal zone secretary Damodar. In the letter, he demanded the Telangana government to stop forcibly seizing podu lands being cultivated by Adivasis and suppressed classes in the name of Haritha Haram.

He warned the government to withdraw open cast mining and Eturunagaram Tiger Zone Project and to stop arresting persons leading the peoples’ movement. He demanded the State and Central governments to withdraw third Green Hunt.

Damodar called upon the people to join the peoples’ movement and fight against the suppressive polices of the governments. Following the incident, Mulug ASP Vishwajit Kampati, DFO (Wildlife) K Purushotham and local police officials rushed to the spot. The DFO informed that the loss of property was estimated to be Rs 6 lakh.

A group of four to five men have reportedly arrived at the complex and set the property on fire, before the watchmen could wake up they escaped from the spot. He lodged a complaint with Tadwai police in connection with the incident.

The police filed an FIR against Maoist leader Damodar and unknown person involved in the incident. Cases were booked with crime number 52/16 under IPC Sections 147 and 436 read with 149 and Sections 3 and 4 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) Act and Section of 13 ULAP Act.

It was suspected that Adivasi tribals migrated from Chhattisgarh could be behind the incident as the forest department officials were trying to vacate them from the forest lands in which they were practicing podu cultivation.

It might be noted that the guest house was renovated and some new huts were built recently by the forest department to promote eco-tourism.

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