Five years’ RI for illegal chopping of trees

May 02, 2016 06:51 pm | Updated 07:28 pm IST - Shivamogga

The Additional District and Sessions Court in Sagar town has awarded five years’ imprisonment to six persons accused of chopping trees in a forest and transporting logs unauthorisedly.

Hamza Kammaradi and his accomplices Samir, Munna, Raghu, Farooq and Ganesh were arrested near Ripponpet in May 2012. When Sudhir Kumar Reddy, a probationary IPS officer, tried to chase them, they had tried to kill him by running their vehicle over him. The police had booked cases against the arrested under various sections of the Karnataka Forest Act for chopping trees and illegal transportation of wood, and under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code for trying to take the life of the police officer.

After hearing both the sides, Judge Maheshwari Hiremath held the accused guilty of the charges. The court also slapped an amount of Rs. 1.05 lakh as fine on each of the convicted.

With regard to the case of attempting to kill a police officer, special public prosecutor Y.G. Yelageri argued that the accused should be awarded the maximum punishment. The court held them guilty of the charge of attempt to murder but reserved the order related to quantum of punishment.

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