Smuggler killed, 7 forest staff hurt in Gadchiroli

One of a suspected gang of teak smugglers was killed when forest guards fired to rescue their superiors who were being beaten up at Sironcha in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district Wednesday evening.

"Our team was following the gang after learning that that they were cutting and transporting teak between Zinganur and Remeshgudam villages. A 30-member team led by sub-divisional forest officer D B Jiddewar and range forest officer B B Sirgoyana intercepted the smugglers. They, however, were attacked by about 90 people involved in the racket. The two officers, who were a little away from the main team were mercilessly beaten up with clubs. The other forest staffers then opened fire, in which one person died," chief forest conservator T S K Reddy said. The slain person was identified as Anumula Narsayya of Rangdhampetha.

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