A forest guard who was stopping a woman from illegal mining was beaten up by her supporters on Tuesday morning. The guard received head injuries and had to be admitted to emergency of General Hospital, Sector 6.
Forest guard Naresh Kumar, posted at a nursery in Beed Ghaggar village, was heading towards Ambala along with his sons Pitambar and Paras. But he had to go to nursery for some work.
When he saw Kamla, a resident of Kharakmangoli, taking a cart full of sand from the Ghaggar river, he stopped her. She then called her relatives and supporters. Soon, a number of people gathered there armed with sticks, stones and rods.
Paras said, “Our father was surrounded by some 15 to 20 armed men. We rushed for his rescue. They hit my father with sticks on his head and Pitamber was also pelted with stones. We ran to save our lives.”
Kamla, who was also admitted to the hospital with minor injuries, claimed that she was just carrying three tubs full of sand to complete the ongoing construction work of toilet in her house. “But Naresh misbehaved with me and pushed me,” she alleged.
Block forest officer, Panchkula, Sushil Kumar said earlier also they had received a number of complaints against Kamla and her accomplices. “We had already complained to the police regarding the illegal sand mining and assault on a government official,” said Kumar.
“We are yet to register the case as the statement of Naresh could not be recorded. He is not fit to give statement,” said inspector Malkiat Singh, SHO of Sector 5 police station.