Nizamabad: District Collector Jitesh V Patil on Wednesday asked the police department to take stern action against those who attempt to encroach forest lands in the district.
At a meeting with officials at the Collectorate office, he instructed the Revenue, Forest and Police departments to work in coordination to prevent encroachment of forest lands in the district. The Forest Rights Committee has received applications from the eligible persons and a request was also made to identify eligible persons village-wise.
Patil asked the police officials to bind over the persons, who earlier attacked the forest department officials, before Tahsildar for necessary action. He advised officials of the Forest and Revenue departments to survey to identify the lands of various departments in the district.
He made it clear that those who try to encroach forest lands, would not be eligible for the welfare schemes of the State government. If officials get information that forest land was grabbed, a team of 20 officials should inspect the spot instead of two or three persons, he said.
District Superintendent of Police N Swetha, who was also present at the meeting, said the forest department should identify suspects. In all, 24 cases pertaining to attacks on forest department officials were reported from 2018 to November 30, 2021.
Eightyfour people, who were allegedly involved in these attacks, have already been identified, she said, asking to book a case against anyone who attempts to cut trees in the forest. She also advised the forest department officials to take the assistance of local police before going to inspect the forest.
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