Sand mafia and villagers allegedly attacked a police party which had gone to arrest illegal miners on Sunday at Noorabad locality in Morena district.
An assistant sub-inspector was injured when the villagers and sand mafia pelted stones on the police party. Police had received a tip-off from informers about illegal sand mining at Jarara village under Noorabad police station. Subsequently, police reached the spot and found a tractor-trolley carrying sand.
Fearing arrest, the driver abandoned the tractor-trolley and ran towards Jarara village. Police said the man alerted villagers who hurled stones at the police party when it entered Jarara.
The team was forced to retreat as assistant sub-inspector Sobran Singh got injured.
But later police claimed Singh was not injured in the stone pelting. “The villagers gathered and started pelting stones after which the police returned to avoid any injury. ASI Singh slipped and fell down. He suffered bruises on his face and right hand,” town inspector Ashish Rajpoot told HT.
Superintendent of police Vinit Khanna said the ASI was not in any serious condition. “No case has been registered in the incident so far.”
In October, an environment committee chaired by the Morena collector gave its nod to sand mining at three sites along the Chambal river in the district. But the decision apparently has not curbed illegal sand mining of sand in the Chambal banks. Two policemen were killed and many government officials injured in attacks by the sand mining mafia in Morena over the last decade.
In July, BJP legislator RD Prajapati had embarrassed the government in assembly by alleging illegal sand mining was rampant in Chhattarpur.
(With inputs from Mahesh Shivhare)