Illegal sand miners allegedly attacked mining and administrative personnel in Shajapur and Ratlam districts leaving five, three patwaris and two guards, injured on Wednesday.
The attack on officials by miscreants involved in illegal sand mining at two places in the state has once again thrust the issue into limelight.
This is the third attack on government employees in the state by illegal miners.
Earlier, on April 5, a police constable was crushed to death when a truck loaded with sand toppled on its side in Morena as he attempted to stop it, and on May 17, a police inspector narrowly escaped with his life as sand smugglers tried to crush him under a JCB machine in Rewa.
The latest incident took place in Bakakheri village in Shajapur district, when a mining department team led by mining inspector Rina Pathak was attacked by a mob.
“(An) FIR has been registered against 21 unidentified persons and police were trying to ascertain (the) identity of others who were involved in attack,” Akodiya police station in-charge RC Kalthiya said. “(A) case has been registered.”
At the time of the incident, the team was headed back to district headquarters with four sand-laden tractor trolleys seized from illegal sand miners near River Nevaj. Two guards were injured in the attack and the attackers were able to get away with the tractor trolleys.
Speaking to HT, mining inspector Pathak said the department had received complaints through the chief minister’s helpline about the illegal mining taking place on the dry riverbed of River Nevaj in Bakakheri village.
Acting on the tip off, a team from the department raided the illegal mining site on Wednesday morning between 9.30 am and 10 am.
Fearing action, the sand miners fled the spot leaving four sand-laden tractor trolleys at the site.
However, on the way back to Shajapur, the team was attacked by a mob, which pelted them with stones.
Two guards were grievously injured in the incident. Taking advantage of the situation, the mob managed to slip away with the seized tractor trolleys, Pathak said.
Pathak lodged a complaint against the miscreants at Akodiya police station.
3 patwaris injured in Ratlam
In another incident on Tuesday night, at Jaora sub-division of Ratlam district under Ringnod police station limit, another team from the district administration was attacked by illegal sand miners and three patwaris were injured.
Jaora sub-divisional magistrate Satish Kumar received a complaint that illegal sand mining was taking place on the riverbed of Chambal river in Nerukheri village.
The administration swung into action and a team of five, including a tehsildar and four patwaris raided the site. Four JCBs and six tractor trolleys were seized from the site.
District patwari association president Madanlal Katariya said when administrative personnel raided the site, miscreants retaliated with stones.
Patwari Nankishore Pal, Dinesh Patidar and Ramchandra Ninama were injured in the attack. Katariya said Pal was also attacked with sticks, leaving him seriously injured.
No police force or mining department personnel were present during the raid. As soon as the Ringnod police station received news of the incident, a team rushed to the site and brought the situation under control.
Ratlam superintendent of police Avinash Sharma said, “FIR has been lodged against nine persons under sections 147, 148, 353, 307 (attempt to murder), 336 (act endangering life) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees or upward).”
One person, identified as Rupesh Parmar, has been arrested in the matter and search for the remaining is still on.