BHOPAL: Two staffers of revenue department, including a patwari and a revenue inspector were injured after being allegedly attacked by a family which had squatted on government land allotted for building a school in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday.
The incident happened in Beraura Khet village under Prithvipur development block (320 km from state capital Bhopal) when a revenue department team escorted by a cops from Prithvipur police station had finished the task of removing the house built by a Yadav family on land allotted for building a school.
Angered over removal of the encroachment from the land, the members of the Yadav family pelted stones on the revenue department team, injuring the patwari Matadin Chaturvedi (55) and revenue inspector Bholaram Ahirwar (50).
Other members of the team, including the tehsildar escaped the attack unscathed.
The land squatters got hold of the patwari and revenue inspector and attacked them with sticks and pickaxes, before police in strength could reach to rescue them.
While, the revenue inspector Ahirwar has been admitted at a health center in Prithvipur (Tikamgarh), the critically wounded patwari Matadin Chaturvedi has been referred to a hospital in adjoining Jhansi district of UP.
The official vehicle of tehsildar was also damaged in the attack.
"We've booked eight persons, including one Rajendra Yadav, his wife Usha and relative Inder Yadav for attacking the government staff and rioting. Raids are being conducted to nab them, but none of them have been arrested as yet," Tikamgarh superintendent of police Nimish Agrawal told express.
Agrawal, however, denied reports that police staff escorting the revenue department staff had escaped when the squatters attacked the public servants. "The attack took place after the encroachment had been removed, Hence the police was far from the spot and took time to rush back," said Agrawal.