Employees of the forest department were allegedly manhandled by the "land mafia" at Langeana village near Makhu in this district on Monday.
According to information, the forest department staff reached the village to undertake plantation on six acres of forest land.
The land was allegedly allotted to one Balwant Singh, but after cancellation of the allotment by a court order, the department took possession of the land and the officials were trying to plant trees on it, said divisional forest officer Sanjeev Tiwari.
He alleged that Balwant Singh, former sarpanch of Madre Langeana village, along with 60 miscreants came to the spot, manhandled the staff and threatened them of dire consequences besides destroying the pits dug by the officials.
Tiwari said a written complaint had been made to the SSP with a demand to provide enough police force to save the valuable government forest land.
SSP Varinder Pal Singh said they had sought the help of the revenue officials to get the demarcation of the land. Law would take its own course, he added.
The forest department had recently taken possession of 400 acres of land, which was under encroachment for 20 years.
It was not the first incident of manhandling of forest employees as in the past several forest employees had faced this.