A day after 41-year-old forest guard Narendra Kumar Sharma was crushed to death in Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh while chasing illegal sand miners, the murder accused tractor-trolley driver was sent into three days police remand on Monday.
Tractor owner also booked for murder
A local court in Gwalior sent the accused driver Rajesh alias Lalla Gurjar into police remand till March 9. The tractor owner Banwari, who is on the run has also been booked for murder under Section 302 of IPC, besides being booked for illegal sand mining.
According to Gwalior additional SP Dinesh Kaushal, the seized tractor didn’t bear any registration number. The police are conducting raids for nabbing Banwari, a resident of Sarai Chola in Morena district.
In the wake of the forest guard’s killing, senior police officers including IG (Chambal) Umesh Joga, SP (Morena) Vineet Khanna, ASP (Gwalior) Dinesh Kaushal held a meeting at the Purani Chawni police station on city’s outskirt to take stock of situation on Monday.
IG (Chambal) Umesh Joga said “we’ve worked out a comprehensive plan involving various stakeholders to check the illegal sand mining menace. In order to curb the illegal and unlawful sand mining activities along the 138 km riverbed stretch in Morena and Bhind districts, the police need to be more offensive.”
Earlier there were incidents of attacks on police raiding parties and police pickets by sand mafia due to lack of police fear among them. “We need to reverse it by adopting offensive approach, besides also relying on community policing involving public representatives from local bodies.”
The Sunday morning incident has not only put the spotlight back on illegal sand mining menace in the region but also exposed lack of measures by state government to crackdown against the menace.
Tomar refutes allegation of political patronage to sand mafia
Union minister for steel and mining Narendra Singh Tomar, however, on Sunday refuted allegation of any political patronage to sand mafia. He instead claimed that the mafia was getting nervous due to effective drive against illegally mined sand from Chambal river.
No arrests yet in Morena clash
Meanwhile, a day after a clash between two rival groups claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy Gauri alias Gaurishankar Rathore in Jauri Khurd village of Morena district, the police are yet to make any arrests in the matter.
The police had lodged two cases at Morena’s Civil Lin police station under Sections 302, 307, 147, 148, 159 and 34 of IPC on complainants of members of the warring groups. While one of the cases was lodged against Manoj Mishra and Dilip Mishra on the complaint of Ram Naresh Rathore, who is related to the boy killed in the clash, another cases was lodged on the complaint of Ravindra Mishra against unidentified persons.
No arrests, however, have been made in either of two cases.
Also, local residents claimed that it was the harassment of a girl from one caste by men from the other caste, which triggered the clash that claimed the teenager’s life.
Meanwhile, 45-year-old Srikrishna Rathore who was injured in the clash is stated critical at the surgical ICU of JA Hospital in Gwalior.