The ongoing row,between transporters and a contractor over accusations of illegal mining in Nawanshahr district,worsened on Monday after family members of a truck operator Jaswinder Singh alleged that he has been missing ever since the police picked him up from the Ropar Civil Hospital on Saturday.
Jaswinder and a few other truck operators had,in a press conference on Friday,accused a local contractor of violating sand mining norms with impunity and charging hefty amounts (three times more than the price fixed by the government for sand).
The conference was followed by a scuffle on Friday night between the truck operators and men alleged to be the contractors supporters. Some of the operators sustained injuries and were admitted to the Ropar Civil Hospital.
Darshan Singh,the cousin of the missing Jaswinder,while talking to The Indian Express,said that he along with other truck operators had met Nawanshahr SSP Dhanpreet Kaur on Monday and reported Jaswinders disappearance after police picked him up,but,he added that she dismissed them by claiming that the police had not picked up anyone.
Darshan also accused Sub Inspector (SI) Gurmukh Singh of having come to the Ropar hospital to pick up Jaswinder and added that his brother was taken in a Bolero vehicle bearing the number plate PB 10 DD 1513. Darsan said the SI had assured the family that Jaswinder would be released after some formalities but the family says it has no clue on the whereabouts of the truck operator.
Rahon Police Station SHO Ranjit Singh had admitted on Saturday that a police party was sent to Ropar Civil Hospital to record the statements of the truck operators and to arrest them. When contacted,SSP Dhanpreet Kaur said no one was arrested by the police and added that Jaswinders disappearance was under investigation.