THANE: Two foresters and a forest worker were assaulted by four men, who pelted bricks at the officials while they were taking action against illegal encroachment at Kalwa on Thursday.
The foresters Arjun Nichite and Sameer Inamdar along with forest worker Sachin Mhatre were patrolling the area of Gholai Nagar when the incident occurred.
“They saw that new construction was being carried out on the forest land and those men were instructed to stop the work. They had partially constructed the structure. The accused then started pelting bricks on the team of seven out of these three suffered injuries,” said Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forests (Thane).
The Kalwa police was informed and the team rushed their colleagues to nearby hospitals
“The trio suffered grievous wounds and needed stitches, also a forester suffered fracture. They are out of danger,” said a forest official.
A complaint was registered against the four men at Kalwa police station.
“The accused Bapu Pawar and his three aides are absconding. We have booked them for – assault to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty etc.,” said V.Darekar, senior inspector at Kalwa police station.