A 21-year-old forest guard was allegedly shot by hunters in Devipatanam forest area of Andhra's East Godavari district on Sunday and he succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital, The New Indian Express reported.
Pochaiah of Dandangi village was on duty with Varalaxmi, a forest official who was assisting him.
Following the firing, the victim was brought to Rajamahendravaram hospital and then rushed to Kakinada government hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Pochaiah reportedly suffered injuries to the right side of his rib cage. As per media reports his liver was also damaged in the firing.
The duo, forest official Varalaxmi and deceased Ratnam, had confronted the hunters when they came across them in the Devipatnam forest.
The guard had just joined four months back as a temporary contract guard in place of another guard who is sick, according to his uncle Jitender, the report added.
The Devipatanam police have registered a case and launched an investigation.
Police told NIE that they had found a country made pistol in the bushes where the alleged firing by hunters took place.