BBC News – India arrests after mob attacks female forest officer

Sixteen men have been arrested after a female forest official was brutally beaten with sticks by a mob as police officers watched in the southern Indian state of Telangana.

Kagaznagar – Telangana – India, 03 July 2019. The mob, led by a member of the state’s ruling party, was protesting against a tree plantation drive on Sunday.

A video of the incident has gone viral, and the party has condemned the attack on Twitter.

The forest officer is being treated in hospital for severe injuries.

A video of the incident shows the mob attacking the officer with bamboo sticks, as she stands on a tractor and tries to placate them.

She is repeatedly hit with the sticks until forest officials and local police step in to disperse the mob and contain the attack.

The footage has gone viral in India and led to outrage across the country.

This prompted a high-ranking official of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party, Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, to condemn the incident on Twitter.

The leader of the mob has been identified as Koneru Krishna Rao, a local official who is the brother of a TRS lawmaker. The party confirmed that he has also been arrested.

In his defence, Mr Rao told local media that he was trying to “ensure justice for tribal farmers as forest officials were destroying their crops”.

“The forest department is terrorising tribal farmers and confiscating their land forcefully”, he alleged, adding that the attack was “accidental”.

Two police officers, who were at the scene at the time of the attack, have been suspended for failing to protect the officer, BBC Telugu confirmed.

The incident occurred in the town of Kagaznagar, where the state’s forest department has been authorised to carry out a plantation drive as part of the Kaleshwaram project, a large irrigation scheme, which was inaugurated last week.

Opposition parties in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party, have strongly condemned the attack. – Fake Encounters: Sukhbir Badal meets Punjab Governor seeking revocation of pardon granted to four killer cops

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 03 July 2019. A delegation of Shiromani Akali Dal headed by its president Sukhbir Badal today met the Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore seeking revocation of the pardon granted to four police cops guilty of murdering an innocent Sikh youth named Harjit Singh during the intervening night of October 12 and 13 in 1993.

Father and sister of the victim Sikh youth Harjit Singh were also accompanying the SAD delegation on this occasion.

Briefing the Governor, Sukhbir Badal said the four cops were awarded life imprisonment in December 2014 by the Special Judge of the Central Bureau of Investigation court 18 years after the Punjab and Haryana High Court referred the case to the CBI for investigation.

Interacting with media after meeting the Governor, Sukhbir Badal said that the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has committed a grave sin by recommending the pardon of four killer cops. “We have requested the Governor VP Singh Badnore to recall his decision,” he informed.

Shedding light on the poor financial condition of victim youth’s father Mohinder Singh, Sukhbir Badal said that Mohinder Singh is now living with his daughter as he spent all his earnings to fight a legal battle for justice. “The Punjab government should immediately give a compensation of Rupees 10 million to the victim youth’s father,” he added.

Mohinder Singh, the father of victim Sikh youth Harjit Singh, also explained the tragic story of his son’s fake encounter and then a two decade long legal battle fought by him for justice.

It may be recalled here that the Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore had pardoned four police cops namely Rajiv Kumar Singh (SP), Brij Lal Verma (Inspector) and Onkar Singh (Constable) and Harinder Singh (Inspector) on June 20.

All these Police cops were held guilty and sentenced to life by the Special CBI Court of Patiala on 01-12-2014.

Fake Encounters: Sukhbir Badal meets Punjab Governor seeking revocation of pardon granted to four killer cops

Oostende: Tram Station – Flowers

Oostende Tram Station
22 June 2019

A Silverback Gorilla on a tram

And a Panda bear
Pairi DazaHainaut / Henegouwen

Tracks by-passing the Tram station

On the left the tram station

Tram to De Panne

Oostende Flowers
22 June 2019

Daisies and poppies

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue