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Aug 11, 2013 at 08:37am IST

Maharashtra: Hingoli district tehsildar attacked by mining mafia

Mumbai: After Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, the district tehsildar of Hingoli in Maharashtra has been targeted by the mining mafia. The tehsildar was attacked for taking on mining mafia in Patonda village and he alleged that one of the truck drivers tried to mow down him.

Vidya Charan Kadavkar had received information of illegal mining activity in Patonda village on the banks of the Pengada river. When he went to investigate the reports, he found mining in progress and trucks carrying away the illegally mined sand. He alleged that one of the truck drivers tried to mow down him when he approached him.

Although a case of attempt to murder has been registered, but no arrests have been made so far.

The Maharashtra Police said when the Tehsildar went to check the illegal sand mining at the location, he signalled to the four tractors to stop the work. The four men operating the tractors drove their tractors away.

The police has denied allegation of assault on the Tehsildar. However, Tehsildar's complaint has been recorded. "A case of obstructing a public servant from performing his duty, rash driving and under a section of the illegal mining Act of Maharashtra has been registered," said police.

The attack took place just two days after the SDM of Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh was attacked by the sand mafia. IAS officer Yunus Khan had told CNN-IBN that a tractor driver tried to run over him as he was spearheading a crusade agaisnt the sand mafia.

In Uttar Pradesh, IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended by the state government, which said she was suspended as he involved in the demolishing of the wall of a mosque, but the opposition believed that the reason behind suspension was the mining mafia.