A farmer in Greater Noida has alleged that he and his family have been under threat from the sand mafia since he lodged a complaint against illegal mining in the area in September this year. He also filed a plea in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against them.
Vijaypal Nagar (60) said his 5,000-yard agriculture land located on the Yamuna flood plain has been dug up to 15-20 feet deep by the sand mafia who use excavators to mine sand.
“Last night, 30 members of the sand mafia gang attacked my family for the second time. The sand mafia is furious after I lodged a fresh complaint at the district magistrate’s office against rampant mining. I have decided to leave this village because we do not feel safe here. Police is harassing us instead of catching the criminals,” claimed Nagar, who said he has also written to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for the protection of his family.
Nagar said he had filed a police complaint against the sand mafia on September 17, 2015 after they allegedly tried to kill him and his son.
He alleged that police lodged a case, but did not arrest the accused. Nagar then filed a plea on October 16, 2015 with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) over the illegal mining.
The tribunal directed the district magistrate and other authorities to stop illegal sand mining and file a report by November 6, 2015, the next date of hearing of the case.
“I met sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Subhash Yadav and district magistrate NP Singh on Sunday morning for action against the accused. A team led by the SDM inspected the mining site. This enraged the accused and they attacked my family on Sunday,” said Nagar.
“But the police have made no efforts to arrest the accused till now,” alleged Nagar.
Police, however, said that Nagar has personal rivalry with the accused and termed his sand mining allegations baseless.
“Vijaypal’s allegations on sand mining are not completely true. He has personnel rivalry with the accused. But we have arrested two accused, who are facing attempt to murder charges, today. We will send them to jail tomorrow,” said Shahnajar Ahmad, station house officer (SHO) of the Greater Noida’s Ecotech-I police station.
Meanwhile, Subhash Yadav, SDM of Sadar, said “I will seek a reply from the police official concerned as to why an FIR was not lodged on Nagar’s fresh complaint on Sunday night.”