Sagar: Mining mafia attacked a joint team of forest officials and police on Monday night in Tikamgarh district , 274 kms north-east of Bhopal.
The joint team had gone to take action against the illegal mining of sand and murram (stone) in the Mohangarh area of the district. The accused attacked the team and forcibly took the seized tractor trolley loaded with illegally mined sand and stone. Two forest personnel were injured in the attack.
Tikamgarh forest Range officer Mukesh Ken said along with the flying squad team of forest department , they reached Mohangarh police station to take possession of the tractor trolley loaded with illegally mined sand and murram from the forest area. He said the tractor trolley was caught by Mohangarh police on Sunday night while patrolling.
“The forest team which included around eight person and Police Dial 100 team with around three person left Mohangarh police station for Tikamgarh with the seized tractor trolley .On the way, we were stopped by Mohangarh village Sarpanch husband Daru Khatik along with 35 to 50 people who were armed with wooden batons, sharp edged weapons, katta (country made pistol) and so on. They abused and beat us up and forcibly took away tractor trolley from our possession”, said Mukesh.
Mukesh said after the attack, they reached Mohangarh police station and informed senior officials, following which a report was lodged. “Two forest personnel received internal injuries and they have been admitted at Digora Government Health Centre”, he said.
Mohangarh town inspector Mansaram Baghen said a case was lodged against Daru Khatik and thirteen others under section 353 of IPC (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty,). The accused are absconding and police parties are searching for them.
It is not the first attack by mining mafia in Bundelkhand area. On February 8, mining mafia forcibly took away tractor trolley loaded with illegally mined sand from a home guard constable on gun point in Chhatarpur. Local SDM Sonia Mena had caught the tractor trolley and ordered her security personnel home guard constable to take tractor to Bamitha police station.
Recent attacks by mining mafia in MP
February 21,2017: Mining mafia attacked a joint team of forest officials and police on Monday night in Tikamgarh district , 274 kms north-east of Bhopal.
December 11, 2016: A 50-year-old farmer is allegedly killed by illegal miners while he was protesting their mining boulders and rubble from his agricultural land in Chhatarpur district.
October 16: Exchange of fire in a sand mining area of Bhind district, in which a labourer is injured.
October 16: Sand mafia gives death threat to a police officer after he seizes tractor used in illegal sand mining in Singrauli district.
June 1:Sub-divisional magistrate of Raisen district DK Singh is gheroed by the mining mafia in Begumganj area when he tries to stop illegal mining of murram soil.
April 2: Mining mafia attacks a forest guard in the forests of Shivpuri district, as vengeance for taking action against them two years ago for illegal transportation of mined stone.
March 16, 2016: SDM Burhanpur KR Badole who tried to stop illegal sand mining in Tapti river, is attacked by sand mafia who according to him also tried to drown his boat.
March 6: A forest guard is crushed to death in Gwalior while chasing illegal sand miners when a tractor-trolley loaded with the loot falls on him.
March 6: In Morena district, a 14 year boy is killed in a gun fire exchange between two warring groups over control of illegal sand mining business through Jaur-Khurd area after excavation from Chambal.
March 20: Sand mafia tries to mow down two forest officials in Tikamgarh, when they try to stop trolley carrying illegally mined sand.