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Four forest personnel in dock for ‘kill bid’! Tribal injured in gun shot at Bylakuppe

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Mysuru: Forest personnel are in the dock for allegedly opening fire on a tribal in Bylakuppe and injuring him.

The tribal activists are ready to launch a legal fight if the police fail to provide justice in the case.

Meanwhile Bylakuppe police have registered a case and booked the accused under various IPC sections 379, 506, 353, 332 and 307 R/ w 34. 

Activist and Green India founder Mahendra Kumar stated that “When we went to file a complaint against forest personnel, police didn’t register FIR. Hence we have requested SP and deputy commissioner. If they also fail to act,  we will move court and file a private complaint.”

On December 1 Basava a resident of Ranigate Jenu Kuruba tribal hamlet had gone for toilet at a land belonging to one Annaiah nearby, nearly half a kilomter away from Nagarahole Forest. It was during that time forest personnel opened fire with an intention to kill Basava. When Basava’s Wife Pushpa filed a complaint, police denied to file FIR, Mahendra Kumar Alleged.

Basava is a genuine progressive tribe who is associated with Budakattu Krishikara Sangha. He had attended the meeting at around 10.25 am and after that the incident happened. It was around 11-30 AM, when Mahesh who resides nearby and also attended meeting along with Basava, heard a gun shot.

Forest watchers Mahesh, Subramani and Sidda and guard Manju were seen with a gun in their hand and Basava lying down with injuries. 

He was later shifted to a Kushalnagar Hospital. But the doctors couldn’t remove the bullet and eventually shifted him to KR Hospital in Mysuru, Mahendra Kumar explained.

We had even approached Periyapatna MLA K Mahadev to instruct police to file a case, but the police didn’t pay any heed.

Amid this attempts were also made by the forest personnel to portray it as a case of tree theft and also dumped some sandalwood logs at the spot. They also filed a complaint against Basava in this regard. 

Budakattu Krishikara Sangha secretary J D Jayappa said “one-and-a- half months ago, those four forest personnel had a clash with Basava and threatened him at that time.”

Actor turned activist Chetan said “tribals are constantly becoming the victims of atrocity. It must end and justice must prevail in this case. If the authorities neglect we will stage protest in different manner along with the support of  progressive and tribal organisations in Mysuru.

Radha sister of Basava was also present were during the press conference.

– Team Mysoorunews 

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