TELANGANA (India): Police in the southern India state of Telangana arrested 16 men for brutally beating female forest official.
A mob has brutally beaten a female forest officer up with sticks as police officers watched in the southern Indian state of Telangana.
The mob, led by a member of the state’s ruling party, was protesting against a tree plantation drive on Sunday.
A video of the incident has gone viral, and the party has condemned the attack on Twitter.
The officer was rushed to a local hospital where she is being treated for severe injuries.
A video of the incident shows the mob attacking the officer with bamboo sticks, as she stands on a tractor and tries to placate them.
She is repeatedly hit with the sticks until forest officials and local police step in to disperse the mob and contain the attack.
The footage has gone viral in India and led to outrage across the country.
This prompted a high-ranking official of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party, Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, to condemn the incident on Twitter.
The leader of the mob has been identified as Koneru Krishna Rao, a local official who is the brother of a TRS lawmaker. The party confirmed that he has also been arrested.
In his defence, Mr Rao told local media that he was trying to “ensure justice for tribal farmers as forest officials were destroying their crops”.