Kothagudem:Tension prevailed at at Ramapuram near Manuguru cross roads in Burgampahad mandal after Forest Department officials razed a religious structure built on forest land, early on Thursday.
In an early morning operation, forest officials with police force pulled down the concrete structure using earth-movers. The particular community members, who learnt of the development, reached the spot and staged a protest against the demolition of the structure shouting slogans demanding justice and wanting the structure to be rebuilt by the Forest Department. Though tension prevailed for sometime as the protesting people entered a heated arguments with the officials and the police personnel, the situation, however, was brought into control by the police.
The protestors staged a rasta roko and later offered prayers at the cross roads at the district headquarters as a mark of protest. They submitted a petition to Joint Collector K Venkateshwarlu regarding the same.
The petition read that the religious structure was bult by the community with the permission of Forest officials. But, they demolished it now without any prior notice. They accused FDO Damodar Reddy of being high-handed when the community members questioned about the demolition. However, the FDO denied the charges and said since the structure was located on reserve forest land, they had to remove it. Meanwhile Pinapaka MLA Rega Kantha Rao and Bhadrchalam MLA Podem Veeraiah visited the spot and pacified the protestors by assuring them of taking steps for rebuilding the structure.