Nilagiri, Mar 29: Kuladhia Forest department personnel allegedly thrashed an elderly man on suspicion of setting the forest on fire in Nilagiri area of Balasore district today.
According to reports, Babaji Singh of Khulia village had gone to attend a nature’s call to the jungle. Meanwhile, three forest personnel stopped him and allegedly thrashed him over the suspicion of setting the forest on fire.
Later, a verbal spat broke out among the villagers and the government officials following which, the forest officials also allegedly threatened to put them behind the bars.
Later, the villagers lodged a complaint at Oupada police station in this regard basing on which, the police has launched a probe into the matter.