Sand mafia attack village in MP’s Bhind dist but forced by locals to flee

Members of sand mafia attacked a village and opened fire to intimidate the residents on Sunday night in Ater area of the Bhind district in Madhya Pradesh.

Team Absolute|Bhind

Members of sand mafia attacked a village and opened fire to intimidate the residents on Sunday night in Ater area of the Bhind district in Madhya Pradesh. The attack took place as a villager had not allowed the sand mafia to build a road through his field for the plying of sand-laden trucks.

However the villagers were not intimidated and they faced the attackers courageously. All the villagers gathered and forced the mafia to retreat. They also snatched a 12 bore gun and a country-made pistol from them and handed them over to Ater police. Police have registered case against nine people on the complaint of the villager. A constable of Ater police station Padam Singh has been suspended by Bhind SP Prashant Khare for his alleged links with sand mafia.

Ater police station SI Dalel Singh Yadav said members of sand mafia began construction of a kutcha road through the field of Jasram Purvanshi at Maghara village for plying of sand-laden trucks. However Jasram stopped them from constructing the road.

Yadav said armed members of sand mafia gathered outside the house of Jasram on Sunday night and started firing. However large number of villagers gathered and forced the mafia to flee. A 12 bore gun and a country-made pistol was snatched from the mafia and handed over to the Ater police by the villagers.

Police have booked nine people for attempt to murder and other sections on the complaint of Jasram. Those booked include Girraj Gurjar, Bhola, Dalle Sharma, Man Singh Yadav, Monu Yadav, Kallu Purvanshi, Bhure Purvanshi and Mahavir Purvanshi. Police also recovered four fired cartridges from the spot. A villager Balbir was injured in mafia’s attack.

Illegal sand mining rampant in villages near Gharial Sanctuary

Illegal sand mining is rampant in villages near the National Gharial Sanctuary close to Chambal River including Kanera, Kachchpura, Chaumho, Kherat, Ater, Khipona, Rama, Bijora, Chilonga, Dinnpura, Gyanpura, Sankri and Thona. The sand is extracted from the river and transported on trucks and tractor-trolleys. However, the police action so far is not effective to deter the mafia.

Mafia has attacked team of Gharial Sanctuary thrice. Murderous attack was made on the then ranger Sukhdev Babu Arora and his team. Earlier the mafia had attacked forest outpost in Ater and assaulted members of a team of the sanctuary.

Ater sub-divisional officer of police Indraveer Singh Bhadoria said case has been registered against the nine people in connection with the firing at Maghara village. He said stern action would be taken against those doing illegal sand business.

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