ERODE: A forest guard and three others were injured when a poachers gang attacked them at Kadambur hill on Monday.
It is said when the ranger P Thimmanikkar and others were on inspection duty in the hill on Sunday, they came to know about the movement of timber smugglers at Periyasalatti area in the tiger sanctuary. They saw one Subramaniam in the area and came to know that the gang was smuggling sembulichan tree timbers.
Following the information, the officials seized 83 timber logs kept in the Salatti area. They also found that Arai Palanisamy, N Ponnusamy and K Subramaniam were involved in the crime. Hence, they took Subramaniam to the Palayam forest office.
They also had information that another gang was indulging in timber smuggling activity at Kadambur forest on Sunday night. Hence, forest guard Rajasekar (52) , Murugan (25), Saminathan (48) and Basuvaraj (42) rushed to the area and conducted a vehicle check at Chinnatti road. When a van came to the area, they inspected and allowed it to move as it had no material. But, the van came again and the persons in it attacked the forest staff and kidnapped them in the van. They locked them inside a Mariamman temple at Salatti where over 20 persons attacked them. In the incident, Saminathan suffered injuries in the eye.
On information, a CPI member Durai and others rescued the staff and handed them over to Kadambur forest office. It created much flutter in the area.
On the basis of a complaint from Murugan, police registered a case on 10 persons including van driver M Thangavelu, Muthu, Subramaniam. The DFO K Rajkumar visited the staff who were getting treatment in the Sathy GH.