Close on the heels of alleged assault on Nalagarh sub-divisional magistrate Yunus by the mining mafia, the Baddi police on Wednesday booked two persons, carrying the sand without any documents, on the charges of restraining the way of Baddi superintendent of police S Arul Kumar near Manpura khud, on Tuesday night.
In a FIR lodged, SP's driver Satpal Singh stated that the SP had officially gone to inspect Joggon and the Dhabota police posts on Tuesday. He added that the SP along with gunman Subhash Chand and sub-inspector Tara Singh while returning to Baddi changed their route to Manpura river to check the possible activities of illegal mining in the area during night hours around 8.30pm.
The complainant further stated that when they were on way towards the river, they spotted two tractors, drivers of which suddenly parked the vehicles across the road, thereby restraining their way.
The SP came down from his official vehicle and found that the accused were carrying sand material in their tractor trailers without any documents. Later, during the interrogation it was revealed that the accused, namely Gurjinder Singh and Mehar Singh, residents of nearby Kishanpura village of Doon assembly segment, were carrying the sand after unlawful extraction form the river.
However, on Wednesday evening, the Baddi police clarified, "When our vehicle tried to overtake the tractors carrying illegally mined sand from river near Kishanpura, the accused drivers did not obey our orders and tried to run away. They did not give us pass so as to prevent us from overtaking and challaning him. Hence this case should not be misunderstood as somebody daring to stop any police vehicle." A case has been registered under section 341 and 21 of Mining act. EOM