There was tension in Yalpi-Kaggal, a village in Bellary taluk, on Thursday over the death of a youth who fell into a trench that had been dug for sand extraction in the Hagari river. Angry residents staged a dharna and urged the Deputy Commissioner to visit the place and initiate action against those who were extracting sand.

Bellary tahsildar and an official from the Department of Mines and Geology, who rushed to the spot, were heckled, according to preliminary information reaching here.

The victim has been identified as Ravi Kumar (20).

People blamed officials for not preventing extraction of sand from the river beyond the permitted depth.

Later, Assistant Commissioner of Bellary subdivision, Shashikant Senthil, arrived at the spot along with police officials.

The crowd, sources said, was in no mood to relent and insisted that the Deputy Commissioner visit the village.

Mr. Senthil told The Hindu that efforts were on to persuade people to withdraw the stir and maintain peace.

Karnataka State Reserve Police platoons have been sent to the spot as a precautionary measure.

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