In a daring incident, Village Administrative Officer S. Palraj, employed at Ayyaneri under Kovilpatti taluk was attacked on Saturday evening by illegal sand miners, who escaped with a consignment of sand transported by a tractor. Based on a tip off, Mr. Palraj along with Revenue Inspector Nagarajan reached the site, where sand was reportedly mined sans official permission.

Subsequently, the VAO seized the vehicle laden with one unit of sand at a place behind Suba Nagar under Thiruvengadam police limits, M. Natarajan, Tahsildar, Kovilpatti, said. While the illegal consignment was transported, Marimuthu, Sekar and Kanagaraj, the accused behind the incident, intercepted the vehicle driven by Thangaraj, who ran away, pushed the VAO off the vehicle and the trio fled the scene. It seemed that the accused were habitual offenders. He said a case is yet to be filed with the Thiruvengadam police in this regard.