Miscreants set afire a hydraulic excavator and allegedly made a vain bid to burn alive its operator in the forest area near Gangaram village in Bhadrachalam mandal around midnight on Friday. Sources said six persons set fire to a stationary hydraulic excavator hired by the Forest Department.

Vidyasagar, the operator of the hydraulic excavator, who was fast asleep in the cabin, suddenly woke up and jumped down from the burning machine. He tried to apprehend one of the miscreants.

In the melee, they poured petrol on his body and made a vain bid to burn him alive, before fleeing. Vidyasagar sustained multiple burns. He alerted the Forest Department personnel, who reached the spot and shifted him to a hospital in Bhadrachalam.