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DSP run over by truck in Nuh during raid to check illegal mining

The police said DSP Surender Singh was crushed underneath the dumper and succumbed to injuries. Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij assured strict action against the accused.

The DSP had received information around 11.30 am regarding illegal mining near a hillock area in Pachgaon. (Express photo)

A 57-year-old deputy superintendent of police (DSP) posted in Haryana’s Nuh district was run over by a dumper truck carrying stones during a raid to check illegal mining in Tauru on Tuesday afternoon, said officials. After a massive search operation, police said they have arrested one accused, a cleaner, who sustained a bullet wound after an exchange of fire with the police in Tauru in the evening.

According to the police, DSP Surender Singh Bishnoi, who was posted in Tauru, had received information around 11.30 am regarding illegal mining at a hillock area in Pachgaon and headed to the spot for a raid with his staff including his reader, gunman and driver.

Krishna Kumar, the spokesperson of the Nuh police, said, “After a brief chase between the police team and the dumper truck, the vehicles came to a halt as the dumper unloaded boulders on the path. The DSP got down from the vehicle and walked in front of the dumper to stop the dumper. The dumper driver suddenly sped the vehicle and ran him over. The DSP was crushed underneath the dumper and succumbed to injuries. The other staff managed to get out of the way.”

Expressing condolences over the death of DSP Singh, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore and a job to one of the family members of the victim and ‘martyr status’ to the police officer.

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The police said DSP Surender Singh was crushed underneath the dumper and succumbed to injuries.

Assuring strict action against ‘mining mafia’ in the state, Khattar said the culprits will not be spared.

“Police posts will be created near mining areas and destination of mining vehicles and their equipment will be fixed. Posts will be set up at inter-state borders,” said Khattar.

“The state government stands with the bereaved family in this hour of grief. Strict action would be taken against those found guilty. Surender Singh was a brave officer and his bravery will always be remembered,” Khattar said.

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Haryana DGP P K Agrawal visited the family of DSP at community health centre in Nuh in the evening.

“DSP Tauru Surender Singh laid down his life today in the course of duty. Haryana police extends its deepest condolences to the bereaved family of the brave officer. No effort shall be spared in bringing the offenders to face justice,” Haryana police posted on Twitter.

The incident drew sharp reactions from oppositions.

Former CM Bhupinder Hooda said, “Government is entirely responsible for this incident. Government should take serious note of the incident and take corrective steps. There was no such illegal mining during the Congress regime. Congress had stopped all illegal mining.”

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also said the killing of the DSP was the result of the failure of the entire government system in Haryana.

“Extremely sad. The murder of a police officer in Haryana is the result of the failure of the entire government system in Haryana. How will the public be safe where the police is not safe? May the soul of the martyr police officer rest in peace and may God give courage to the family in this hour of grief,” Kejriwal tweeted

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij assured strict action against the accused. “I have given directions for stringent action against culprits… chaahe jitni bi force lagani pade. No one will be spared.” Vij also said the mining mafia will not be spared.

According to the police, DSP Singh was recruited as assistant-sub inspector in Haryana Police in 1994. He was currently posted as DSP, Tauru, and was to retire in four months. He was a native of Sarangpur village in Hisar.

First published on: 19-07-2022 at 02:00:06 pm
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