A forest guard was killed Sunday when he tried to stop a tractor-trolley carrying illegally mined sand in Gwalior. Narendra Sharma (45) was killed while trying to stop the vehicle being driven by 19-year-old Lal Gurjar.
In 2012, an IPS officer Narendra Kumar had died in similar circumstances in neighbouring Morena district. Last year, constable Dharmendra Chouhan was mowed down during a crackdown on the sand mafia.
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On Sunday, authorities in Gwalior and Morena districts had stepped up vigil against illegal mining. To avoid being apprehended, Gurjar tried fleeing towards Gwalior but was spotted by another police party. The guard, who managed to get on the vehicle while it was being reversed, was killed as the tractor-trolley overturned.
Sharma, of Sabalgarh, died on the spot, said Gwalior SP Harinarayanchari Mishra. He said the driver was booked for murder after being arrested. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rs five lakh and assured a job to a member of the guard’s family.
Sunday’s incident brought back horrific memories of IPS officer Narendra Kumar being crushed to death in a similar incident four years ago in Morena district. In an attempt to stop the driver, Kumar, who was SDOP (Banmor), had got on top of a tractor-trolley carrying illegally mined stones. The officer was buried under stones when the driver tried to reverse the vehicle.