Police have lodged a case against BJP lawmaker RD Prajapati’s former public representative and five other people for allegedly assaulting a revenue inspector for his action against illegal sand mining in Chhattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh.
The police action on Sunday evening came after Prajapati, the MLA for Chandla in Chhattarpur, announced to go on a hunger strike if the state government failed to curb rampant illegal sand mining in his district.
He had alleged sand mafia from Uttar Pradesh along with local BJP leaders and district administration officials are causing irreparable damage to environment,
He had declared his intention in a letter to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and mining resources minister Rajendra Shukla.
Ironically, his former public representative Rudrapratap Patel was implicated for allegedly beating up a revenue inspector and stopping government officials from performing their duty.
Revenue inspector Suryamani Manjhi has lodged a police complaint that he and fellow officials were assaulted by Patel and his men after they seized equipment used by illegal sand miners on June 16.
“When we investigated, it was found that Patel and three men from Uttar Pradesh were behind the illegal sand mining,” Sarwai police station in-charge RP Chaturvedi said.
Manjhi told police that Patel and his accomplices accosted the officials when they went to a mining area and attacked him when he insisted on inspecting the place. “Villagers saved him and the accused escaped,” the police officer said.
For his part, lawmaker Prajapati defended Patel, saying the revenue inspector has falsely implicated his former representative who “doesn’t even own a two-wheeler”.
“Rudrapratap was one of 52 public representatives. But last year I ended the arrangement and wrote to the collector. Now I don’t have any public representative,” he said.
He said the mining mafia has connived with corrupt officials to tarnish his image after his letter to the chief minister.
“I want the government to institute an inquiry into the assets of this revenue inspector and Rudrapratap and everything will become clear to them.”
The MLA alleged that revenue inspector Manjhi has taken bribes from villagers but wasn’t doing their work. “Rudrapratap was talking about those issues with him. He is being falsely implicated.”
The revenue inspector could not be contacted for his response as he is undergoing treatment.