April 16, 2009 12:59:09 am
The villagers of Plaswa near Junagadh have been facing fresh threats from a particular group of bootleggers and other anti-social elements. A group of bootleggers reportedly stormed into an agricultural land on the outskirts of Plaswa village on
Tuesday night and set agricultural goods and equipment,worth Rs 40,000,on fire.
On Saturday,the villagers convened a gram sabha and decided to take on the anti-social elements on their own. They also unanimously decided to boycott the Lok Sabha polls unless the issue is resolved.
On Monday,the villagers submitted a memorandum to the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police regarding the constant threat and physical harassment from anti-social elements.
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The Junagadh Police reportedly swung into action following a series of complaints and arrested three bootleggers. They also deployed police force in the village. However,around 12 bootleggers and anti-social elements are still at large.
Parshottam Patel,who owns an agricultural land on the outskirts of Plaswa village,has lodged a complaint with the Junagadh taluka police against a group of four persons,alleging that the miscreants stormed into his farm and set agricultural equipment and materials on fire.
The police have registered a complaint under Sections 435 (damage to private property),447 (unlawful entry into private premises) and 114 of the Indian Penal Code.
However,no arrest has been made so far. On April 11,two separate complaints were lodged with the Junagadh taluka police against two bootlegger brothers,Kala Devraj Rabari and Punja Devraj Rabari. They have been accused of abusing,threatening and demanding extortion money from mine operators and villagers. The duo are reportedly absconding at present.
According to police sources,more than half a dozen offences have been registered against Rabari brothers and their gang members.
B V Gohil,investigating officer and sub-Inspector with the Junagadh taluka police,said: Efforts are on to nab the culprits. Extra police force has been deployed in the village. Intensified police patrolling has also been initiated in the said area. Senior police officers,including deputy SP,circle
police inspector and police inspector are scheduled to visit the village everyday.
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