Officials of the Forest Department who had gone to construct a compound at Aranya Bhavan premises were prevented by a few residents of Ashokapuram on Tuesday.
According to sources, a team of forest department staff came to construct a compound in the premises while a few residents who had gathered on the spot staged a protest and prevented them from doing so. The residents told that the construction work taken up by the forest department staff was illegal as the place where the construction is taking place is a residential area and the forest staff were trying to encroach it by showing it as forest land. But the government has not sent any notification in this regard, they said.
The conversation between the residents and forest department officials led to a heated exchange and few of the residents even tried to manhandle the officials. Tension prevailed for some time.
Blurb: Following the incident, Police personnel visited the spot and the residents said that they needed a clarification from the department in this regard.