The manhandling of Adilabad RDO Sudhakar Reddy and Tahsildar Pendur Dattu by the residents of the encroached area at Shastrynagar, on the outskirts of town, has received condemnation from various quarters.

Four persons, who manhandled the officials when the latter went to the slum to clear the encroachments, were subsequently arrested by the police.

Stringent action sought

AP Revenue Services Association, Adilabad unit president M. Rajeshwar Reddy and general secretary K. Chandra Shekhar demanded imposition of non-bailable sections on the accused as they had ‘assaulted’ the officials, who were discharging their duties. The Telangana United Teachers’ Federation State president C. Swamy Reddy also condemned the incident and demanded stringent action against the accused.

Meanwhile, the residents of Shastrynagar slum have been given two-day time for the eviction after MLA Jogu Ramanna intervened on their behalf.

He had requested Collector Babu A. for the time, saying that the encroachers needed time to relocate themselves.