Mining staff attacked in G’gram village, 5 charged : The Tribune India

Sanjay Yadav

Gurugram, August 20

About a month after the killing of Tauru DSP by the mining mafia in Nuh district, a mining department team was assaulted in the village of Sahjawas near Sohna on Friday.

The raid team reportedly stopped two tractor-trailers loaded with soil for verification. Meanwhile, three people arrived there and assaulted the mining crew. Later, they fled with tractor-trailers. An FIR was registered at Bhondsi Police Station against five people.

Although authorities have claimed that there is no illegal mining in the area, reports suggest that the mining mafia has now started mining soil, instead of stones, in the Aravalli area.

Accused escapes after assault

We were interviewing the drivers of the two tractor-trailers when three other people arrived. They started attacking the team and fled towards Sahajawas village with the tractor-trailers. —Dharampal, mine guard

According to a complaint filed by the Dharampal Mines and Geology Department ranger, he reached Sahajawas village with other colleagues following reports of illegal mining on Friday. They saw two tractor-trailers loaded with illegally mined soil. The vehicles were stopped and their drivers questioned.

“They told us that the two tractors belonged to Vijay from Abhaypur village. We were still interrogating the drivers when three other people arrived there. Two of them said their names were Mahabir and Hem Singh and they were residents of Sahajawas. The third person did not reveal his identity. Suddenly, they started attacking the team members and managed to escape to the village of Sahajawas with the semi-trailers. Later we informed the police about the incident,” the mine ranger said in his complaint.

An FIR has been registered against five defendants under sections 186 (obstruction of a public official) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public official) of the IPC in addition to section 21(1) of the mining law at the Bhondsi police station.

“The registration numbers of the two tractors are also mentioned in the complaint and we are trying to identify the owner of the tractors. The accused will be arrested soon,” said Inspector Devender Singh, SHO of Bhondsi Police Station.

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