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Police attacked during raid on illegal sand extraction site

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Sand-laden tractors seized by the police during the raid on the banks of the Hagari in Bellary on Tuesday.
Sand-laden tractors seized by the police during the raid on the banks of the Hagari in Bellary on Tuesday.

Five police personnel were injured when village residents, tractor owners and drivers attacked a police team, which had come to raid the illegal sand extraction site at river Vedavati, popularly known as Hagari, at around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

Tip-off

Chetan Singh Rathore, Superintendent of Police, told presspersons that based on a tip-off that sand was being illegally extracted from the river banks near Tolamamidi and Kuntanal villages, a special team of police, led by Vikram Amte, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Probationary) was rushed to the spot. All the team members were in ‘mufti’ (civil dress). On reaching the spot, the team faced resistance from the village people, tractor owners and others. On getting the information, additional police forces were rushed to the spot and the village people and others fled the scene. The team has seized 26 sand-laden tractors and five earthmovers which were being used to extract sand from the river. The injured have been admitted to VIMS hospital for treatment. Mr. Rathore said no arrests have been made as far as illegal sand extraction is concerned. The matter would be referred to the tahsildar to inquire into the case and based on his report and direction, action would be initiated.He said a separate case of rioting and assault on the team had been registered and police were on the lookout for the people responsible.

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