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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Sand mafia tries to mow down officer in Aurangabad

Agencies  Aurangabad, August 12, 2013
First Published: 00:48 IST(12/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:22 IST(12/8/2013)

A revenue official posted in Hingoli district had a narrow escape when the suspected members of a sand mining mafia allegedly tried to mow him down in Patonda village, about 200 km from Aurangabad, police said on Sunday.

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Vidyacharan Kadvalkar, the tehsildar, had received a tip-off on Saturday that an illegal mining activity was going in the Valughat area of the village, they said.

Kadvalkar visited the spot along with sub-divisional officer Vaijnath Bhalerao and other local officials. On seeing him and others, members of the sand mafia tried to escape from the spot.

When the tehsildar asked them to stop, a driver of one the tractors tried to crush him down under his vehicle.

However, Kadvalkar saved himself by jumping into a nearby pit, police said.

The driver of the tractor as well as its owner have been booked on the charge of attempt to murder, police said, adding that two tractors have also been impounded from the spot.

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