4 forest dept employees injured in attack by suspected smugglers, claim officials
Four employees of the Delhi forest department were injured in an attack by suspected liquor smugglers in the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary on Thursday, officials claimed.Two of them -- a deputy range officer and a wildlife guard -- received serious injuries and were rushed to the Batra Hospital, Deputy Conservator of Forests South Division Amit Anand said.The incident took place around 730 pm.
Four employees of the Delhi forest department were injured in an attack by suspected liquor smugglers in the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary on Thursday, officials claimed.
''The incident took place around 7:30 pm. Around 24-25 people carrying rods attacked a forest team on being confronted,'' he said.
The official said the department's ongoing action against liquor smugglers has rattled them.
''On two occasions, we were able to catch the smugglers along with the liquor stock. Many times, they run away seeing our staff,'' he added.
The smuggling happens during the dark and the smugglers carry weapons such as knives and sickles, another official said.
Country liquor is manufactured at a place adjacent to the wildlife sanctuary in Faridabad's Anangpur village. The smugglers carry the alcohol to Sangam Vihar, which does not have a liquor shop, he added.
The Delhi forest department had written to the Haryana administration in July, asking it to identify and take action against the liquor vends operating illegally in the eco-sensitive zone near the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary.
Anand said no action has been taken by the Haryana authorities in this regard.
Police said they got information from the Batra Hospital that four forest guards were admitted after they were allegedly beaten up by unidentified people during patrolling in the sanctuary.
''Four forest guards are under treatment in the hospital. The injured have been examined and the place of incident is being verified. Further action will be taken in accordance with their statement and medico-legal cases,'' Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Atul Kumar Thakur said.
In 2019, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change had declared the area around the boundary of the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in Gurugram and Faridabad an Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ), prohibiting activities such as commercial mining, setting up industries and establishment of major hydro-electric projects.
Covering an area of 32.71 sq. km, the wildlife sanctuary on the Southern Delhi Ridge of the Aravalli hill range at the Delhi-Haryana border lies in southern Delhi and northern parts of Faridabad and Gurugram districts of Haryana.
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