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BJP MLA gets life threatening calls from sand mining mafia in MP

A BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh on Monday claimed there was threat to his life from sand mining mafia as he received a threatening call from them, threatening to shoot him.

bhopal Updated: Jul 31, 2017 20:38 IST
Anupam Pateriya, Hindustan Times. Bhopal/Sagar
Madhya Pradesh,BJP,Sand mining
Sand mining (Hindustan Times)

A BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh on Monday claimed there was threat to his life from sand mining mafia as he received a threatening call from them, threatening to shoot him.

RD Prajapati, who represents Chandla assembly segment in Chhatarpur district, has complained to the senior police officials about the matter. He is on his way to Bhopal from Chhatarpur to complain about the matter directly to the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Prajapati told HT that on July 29 between 3.30 and 4 pm he and his my son Rajesh were in a party meeting in Chhatarpur when he got a call on his mobile phone.

“As the meeting was on, I could not hear clearly at first. I disconnected.. after some time I again got a call from the same number…the caller started verbally abusing me…..he threatened me and told me I should come to his area ..where he will shoot me. …Repeatedly I asked him who he was …but he didn’t say..”, he said.

Prajapati said he has been raising the issue of illegal sand mining in his area for a long time. He said villagers in his constituency live in constant fear because of sand mining mafia whose gunmen threaten and beat poor villagers.

“I have also written to the chief minister in the past about the illegal mining menace in our area. All this has enraged the mining mafia which is after my life now. I have already lodged a complaint with the local police and submitted recording of the phone call in a CD to them as evidence”, he said.

He said he has also sent a copy of the complaint to the chief secretary, DGP, Sagar Range IG Satish Saxena and Chhatarpur SP Vineet Khanna.

The BJP MLA said he was on his to Bhopal to meet CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “I will complain about the matter to him as it is a matter of my life. Before leaving Sagar I also spoke to home minister Bhupendra Singh about this issue”, he said.

Chhatarpur SP Vineet Khanna told HT that a case had been lodged and investigation was on to catch the accused. “After we arrest the accused interrogation will reveal about the motives of the caller”, he said.

Some months ago, Prajapati had also sat on an indefinite fast at an sand mining site to protest against illegal mining. The Ken River and its tributaries flow through Chandla assembly area towards Panna and neighbouring Banda and Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh. The sand from its banks is highly valued in construction sector.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 20:38 IST