Special Correspondent

KADAPA: CPI (M) functionaries ransacked the Proddatur Divisional Forest Officer's office, allegedly manhandled some forest staff and damaged furniture and computer systems on Thursday.

Proddatur Circle Inspectors Shareef, Ravi Kumar Reddy and Srinivasulu Reddy and staff arrested several CPI (M) functionaries including Anvesh, Satyanarayanachari and Lakshmi Devi.

The protesters ransacked the forest office deploring uprooting of several huts put up on forest lands four months ago, Proddatur Divisional Forest Officer Jayachandra Reddy told newsmen at Proddatur.

Condemning the attack, the DFO said they could protest in a democratic manner if they had any grievances or represented to higher-ups. Steps would be taken to avert recurrence of such incidents, he said.