5 Aug 2022 3:29 PM GMT
JD(S) MLA Suresh Gowda interacting with forest officials.
A Janata Dal (S) MLA in Karnataka‘s Mandya stirred a controversy after a video of him allegedly abusing forest department officials went viral. In the video, Nagamangala MLA Suresh Gowda was seen hurling expletives at forest officials after a small altercation between them and farmers.
According to TV9 Kannada, the officials came to seize the land that the farmers had applied for Bagar Hukum cultivation. The incident took place in Nagamangala Taluk’s Halthi village.
‘Bagar Hukum’ is essentially forest land cultivated by farmers for years but without formal ownership rights.
When the farmers resented, it was reported that warning shots were fired in the air by officials to disperse them. Angered by this the MLA allegedly hurled abuses.
The MLA also apparently instigated the crowd to set vehicles on fire.
At minute 2:03 in the video, he is heard saying: “Don’t spare anyone. Set vehicles on fire. I will take care of the rest.”
The minister’s statements yet again led to minor arguments between farmers and the officials.
News18 quoted forest officials as saying that the MLA continued abusing their officials even though it was informed that they were following orders by higher-ups. The report noted that the officials had proof of the area being forest land.
Reportedly the forest department is now seeking action against the MLA.
(With inputs from TV9 Kannada)
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5 Aug 2022 3:29 PM GMT