MYSORE: A forest guard was assaulted when he tried to nab a three-member gang of timber smugglers in DB Kuppe Wild Life Range in HD Kote taluk on Tuesday.
The accused Raja alias Kolli Kala of Anemala Haadi, allegedly attacked C K Kumar, a forest guard, with a machete.
Kumar was admitted to a hospital in HD Kote and is recuperating from the wounds on his wrist.
According to the complaint lodged at Beechanahalli Police Station in HD Kote taluk, Kumar found three timber smugglers, including Raja, carrying teakwood in the forest at 10.45 am.
Kumar, who was on patrol with two others staff, tried to nab them.
After a chase, he finally caught hold of Raja, who attacked him with a machete, police said.
Beechanahalli police have registered a case under 332 of IPC and Wild Life Protection Act against the accused and are searching for the other two accused.
The Forest Department has also booked Raja under a Forest Offence Case.
In retaliation, Thimmi, a tribal woman who is said to be known to the accused Raja, lodged an atrocity case against the forest guard.