Man blows whistle on illegal mining of sand,beaten up

A Ludhiana man who has been leading a fight against illegal sand mining in his village,was allegedly brutally beaten up by a group of men owing allegiance to the sand mafia late on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published:October 7, 2012 6:46 am

A Ludhiana man who has been leading a fight against illegal sand mining in his village,was allegedly brutally beaten up by a group of men owing allegiance to the sand mafia late on Friday.

Lakhvir Singh,56,a resident of Macchiwara,fractured both his arms and legs ,while two of his nephews and an elder brother who tried to save him from the group of eight assailants,also sustained injuries.

SHO Machhiwara,Hardeep Singh,said a FIR against the assailants has been registered and investigations are on to arrest the accused.

Meanwhile,Lakhvir was rushed to the Samrala Civil Hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Talking from his hospital bed,Lakhvir said his village has close to 96 acres of common land,some 500 metres from River Sutlej.

“A district administration report shows that sand was being mined illegally in some 50 acres of the said land. On Thursday I saw some tractor-trolleys heading for the land and immediately informed the police,who in turn set up some check posts,” Lakhvir said.

“I later went to the police station after my elder brother called to tell me that some armed men were following me. I stayed at a friend’s place in Macchiwara and as I was returning to my village at 9am,these men attacked me with baseball bats and other items,” Lakhvir said,adding that his nephews and brother rushed to his help but were also beaten up. He said that he has identified the assailants as they all belong to his village.

In a bid to save river bends and embankments, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has already banned sand mining in areas with less than five hectares of land.

Lakhvir Singh,56,a resident of Macchiwara,fractured both his arms and legs ,while two of his nephews and an elder brother who tried to save him from the group of eight assailants,also sustained injuries.

SHO Machhiwara,Hardeep Singh,said a FIR against the assailants has been registered and investigations are on to arrest the accused.

Meanwhile,Lakhvir was rushed to the Samrala Civil Hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Talking from his hospital bed,Lakhvir said his village has close to 96 acres of common land,some 500 metres from River Sutlej.

“A district administration report shows that sand was being mined illegally in some 50 acres of the said land. On Thursday I saw some tractor-trolleys heading for the land and immediately informed the police,who in turn set up some check posts,” Lakhvir said.

“I later went to the police station after my elder brother called to tell me that some armed men were following me. I stayed at a friend’s place in Macchiwara and as I was returning to my village at 9am,these men attacked me with baseball bats and other items,” Lakhvir said,adding that his nephews and brother rushed to his help but were also beaten up. He said that he has identified the assailants as they all belong to his village.

In a bid to save river bends and embankments, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has already banned sand mining in areas with less than five hectares of land.

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