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Men linked to sand mafia attack govt officials in Daund

Officials had seized their equipment and vehicles when they were hoarding sand in Kangaon village of Daund taluka.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: October 13, 2013 3:06:07 am

Men suspected of having links with local “sand mafia” allegedly tried to kill government officials who seized their equipment and vehicles when they were hoarding sand near a stream in Kangaon village in Daund taluka of Pune district on Friday.

Circle officer Rajendra Nivrutti Mhaske (49) lodged a complaint with Yevat police station. Police have booked the suspects under Sections 307 (attempt to murder),353 (causing disturbance in government work),379,323,504,506,34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Police said after receiving information about the incident,circle officer Mhaske along with talathi Tryambak Patangrao Farate rushed to Kangaon to conduct a raid as per the directions of Daund tehsildar.

The officials stopped the sand hoarding and seized two tractors and a JCB machine. When the officials were taking the suspects to the police station,along with the seized vehicles and equipment,one of the suspects Manoj Sakharam Ujagare,a resident of Patas,and the drivers of seized tractors and JCM machine started a brawl with officials,they said.

Police said the suspects allegedly tried to run a tractor over Mhaske and Farate with the intention of allegedly killing them.

Assistant Police Inspector Shashikant Chavan,who is investigating the case,said,“No government officials were injured in the incident,but the suspects did attack them before fleeing from the spot. We have launched a search to nab them. There have been cases of sand hoarding in the area even before. We are keeping a watch on such activities and complaints are being registered.”

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