‘Sand mafia trying to silence district administration and police’
Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Wednesday condemning the alleged conspiracy of the sand mafia behind the accidental death of a police constable on Tuesday night.
The organisation said that though the incident in which T.M. Shivakumar died appears to be an accident, it was a “murder by the sand mafia” to silence the district administration and the police who are taking action against illegal sand transportation.
Shivakumar (40), a constable attached to the Town Police Station, was killed when a sand-laden truck hit him.
Mr. Shivakumar was on duty at the APMC yard on National Highway 4.
He was reportedly clearing a vehicle parked on the roadside when the truck hit him causing his death.
The driver of the truck has gone absconding. A case has been registered.
Amid widespread allegations against police personnel that they were collecting money from the sand mafia, the Police and the Revenue departments are seeing a surprise supporter in the form of the farmer organisation.
A number of organisations have been consistently raising their voice against illegal extraction and transportation of sand leading to depletion of groundwater level.
They have been bringing pressure to bear on the authorities to take action against the sand mafia and now that a constable has been “killed in an accident”, the organisations are staging the dharna to give moral support to the Police and the Revenue authorities.
The protesters demanded that Rs. 1 lakh fine be imposed on truck owners for illegal transportation of sand and criminal cases be registered.
The officials allegedly conniving with the sand mafia should be transferred and criminal cases registered against them as well as people’s representatives who supported the sand mafia, they urged the Chief Minister in a memorandum submitted through Deputy Commissioner D.K. Ravi.