A 45-year-old forest guard, who objected to felling of trees in the forests of Chapra in Shivpuri district, was hacked to death by Bhil tribals on Saturday, police said on Sunday.
After killing Jagdish Binjwar, the forest guard, the tribals are suspected to have taken his body with them, prompting the cops to launch a search operation to find the body, Badarwas town inspector (TI) P P Mudgal told HT.
Binjwar, along with a local Ram Swaroop Mogiya, was patrolling the forests in Chapra area when they found nearly a dozen Bhil tribals felling trees.
Guard was attacked when he tried to stop tribals from felling trees
“When the forest guard tried to stop them from felling the trees, they attacked him with an axe and hacked him to death. Ram Swaroop escaped from the spot and told us about the incident,” Mudgal said.
The officer said there was a strong possibility that the tribals threw Binjwar’s body into Kuno river, flowing nearby, and have urged their Rajasthan counterparts to help locate it as the river flows into the neighbouring state.
Over 40 forest officials and 20 police personnel have been engaged in the search operation to trace Binjwar’s body in the bordering areas of Shivpuri.
Till the filing of this report, the search team hadn’t found any trace of the body.
This is not the first time a forest official has been attacked in the state. On March 6, a forest guard, chasing illegal sand miners, was crushed to death in Gwalior when a tractor-trolley, loaded with the loot, fell on him.
On March 20, sand mafia tried to mow down two forest officials in Tikamgarh when they tried to stop a trolley carrying illegally mined sand. The officials managed to escape with injuries.