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killing, Kurnool revenue staff take precautions

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Suryaa
07th November, 2019 16:02 IST

Kurnool: Jolted by the shocking incident of a Tahasildar being burnt to death in her own office at Abdullapurmet in Rangareddy district, revenue staff in Kurnool district are putting in place their own safety measures.

Uma Maheswari, a Tahasildar working at Pathikonda, has devised a strange system preventing the public from getting entry to her office by stringing a rope across the threshold.

The layout of the Tahsildar’s office, typically, is a T-shape with a work desk behind which the Tahasildar sits and desks placed in a single row in front of her, with benches on either side for the public.

The benches are three to five metres long and are for visitors who wish to talk with the Tahasildar.

Ms Maheswari said that people just barge into her office at any time with their appeals and requests and surround her, sometimes standing over her shoulder, pressing her to dispose of or endorse their letters.

“It is vulnerable in the light of Vijaya Reddy’s burning incident at Abdullapurmet,” she said, referring to the incident on Monday when the Tahasildar was burnt alive by a disgruntled man over a land dispute.

Revenue officials have been shocked by the tragic demise of Vijaya Reddy and have resolved to protect themselves from potential

attackers.

The District Tahsildars’ Association condemned the attack on Vijaya Reddy and demanded protection for working officers in the districts.

A revenue officer said, “Work place hazard is present now even in departments like revenue, which were perceived to be safe. The time has come for safety measures.”

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