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Alleged Gundagardi of Himachal Congress MLA: Assaults DFO with his goons for standing against illegal road construction, No FIR lodged despite complaint  

It’s been 10 days since the assault but the police department has still not lodge F.I.R. As per sources, the IFS Officer is being subjected to political pressure to hush the matter and compromise.

BILASPUR– Recent, life-threatening physical assault on District Forest Officer, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh and his driver by a Congress MLA and his goons is attracting criticism from the Forest Department staff and activists. The assault is being termed as a mockery of Indian constitution and power vested in the IFS Officers. Forest Officers Association has backed-up the young IFS Officer and demanded stringent action against the Congress MLA.

Reportedly, on the night of December 11, 2016, the DFO, C.B. Tashildar, had run to the spot at Mandi Manwa (मंडी माणवां) village under Nauni Panchayat after a forest guard reported illegal tree felling for the construction of the road using a JCB machine. As per the statement given by the DFO, when he tried to record a video as evidence, the mobile was snatched and he was allegedly abused and assaulted by the local MLA Bhambar Thakur along with other hooligans. The driver of the DFO somehow drove him away to save his life. The DFO reached police to file an F.I.R., which denied as it involved the Congress MLA of Bilaspur.

It’s been 10 days since the assault but the police department has still not lodge F.I.R. As per sources, the IFS Officer is being subjected to political pressure to hush the matter and compromise.

Also, the MLA has filed a complaint against the DFO in defense, which sounds absurd. In the complaint, the DFO was alleged of sexual-harassment of a village woman. However, the MLA didn’t explain what the woman, if there is any, was doing at the spot of unauthorized construction during night.

Forest Deptt Prepares Damage Report

However, as an appreciable move, Forest Department backed-up the officer. As a protest and in a display of what the department can do, the staff planted 300 saplings on the disputed construction site and fenced it properly.

The forest department has also prepared a damaged report worth 1.50 lakh against the contractor and is in full mood to take action against him, if the Congress MLA let it happen.

Former general secretary of the Indian Forest Association Dr. Kuldip Tanwar has also demanded that Congress legislator from Bilaspur, Bhambar Thakur should be made to apologize to the officer for manhandling him and booked for preventing a government official from discharging his duty and carrying out illegal tree felling for unauthorized construction of a link road.

RTI activist, Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, has also condemned the attack on an honest IFS officer and has demanded action from the Minister of State, Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) Anil Madhav Dave in a letter.

Mr. Tashildar was physically assaulted in the presence of the local M.L.A of Bilapur by few hooligans on December 11, 2016 while the young officer was discharging his duties honestly. Since then the police authorities have not registered any F.I.R. despite the form complaint was lodged by the said D.F.O .

, said the RTI activist in the letter.

The number of conflicts and gundagardi of elected MLAs has reportedly increased in otherwise peaceful state of Himachal Pradesh. Mostly, young IAS, IPS, and IFS officers who are trying to actually discharge their duty are being instantly transferred or even are assaulted by some political leaders cum mafia.

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IPS Gaurav Singh, who had taken actions against the tippers belonging to the company registered on the name of Doon MLA’s wife, was transferred. Reportedly, the Doon MLA had personally met the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to get him shifted.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Shillai was doing tremendous job in the region and people had become fan of him. However, when he highlighted the critical issue of girl-child education and backwardness of the region devoid of development, he was roasted and transferred to Arki immediately.

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Reportedly, there are other examples including those who tried to stand against mining/sand mafia or forest mafia and were transferred.  

Of course, the court hardly takes suo moto cognizance of such cases involving MLAs or politicians. Media isn’t supporting the officer much. As far as the MoEFCC is concerned,

The cadre officers are like your daughters who go to the State Govt. Cadres after getting married. If the matrimonial house of these officers (the State Vots.) do not protect these officers and harass them then, as a duty bound parent and cadre controlling Ministry you shall have to interface and save the dignity of these officers. Otherwise, a wrong signal shall go down the level and honest officers shall fall in line of corrupt mafia,

wrote the RTI activist Mr. Bhattacharya in the letter to MoEFCC.

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