Illegal sand miners fired several shots at an administrative and police team at Chhatarpur district’s Mavaighat and Padwar areas on Sunday night. The police team retaliated, after which the miners fled, allowing the authorities to seize trucks and machinery from the spot.
According to Lavkushnagar SDOP LS Mishra, a joint team of the administration and police received a tip-off about the sand mining and raided Mavaighat and Padwar.
“The miners at Padwar area fired around 15-16 gunshots at the joint team. In retaliation, the police team also fired some rounds. Taking advantage of the darkness, the accused fled the spot, leaving behind machinery, equipment and trucks,” sub-divisional magistrate HK Dhurve said.
A case under IPC Sections 307 and 353 has been lodged against unidentified persons. The illegal miners belong to both Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, police said.
Mavaighat and Padwar both fall under the Chandla assembly area, represented by BJP legislator RD Prajapati, who has long alleged large-scale illegal sand mining in the area and blamed his own party’s government and the administration for not taking action.